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Virginia Governor Rolls out Teacher Merit-Pay Plan

By The Associated Press — April 26, 2011 1 min read

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia has invited 57 districts with struggling schools to apply for $3 million in state funding for merit pay.

Under the plan, a teacher could earn up to $5,000. At least 40 percent of each evaluation would be tied to student academic performance, including improvements in standardized-test scores, and schools would be required to adopt teacher-appraisal systems aligned with state-approved method.

Critics have said such merit-pay initiatives haven’t boosted student performance.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 27, 2011 edition of Education Week as Virginia Governor Rolls out Teacher Merit-Pay Plan

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