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Tying teachers' pay to performance a controversial topic

It may be as popular as a worm in an apple with some teachers but merit pay is an idea that refuses to die.

The Fraser Institute raised the spectre of teacher performance pay in a recent report, Obtaining Better Teachers for Canadian Public Schools, and several American school jurisdictions are experimenting with versions of idea in hopes of rewarding and retaining their best staff.

Different models have been tried with teachers rewarded for how well their students do on standardized exams, total school performance, extra effort, expertise - or some combination of such factors.

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