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State Board of Education discusses tying teacher pay to test scores

4:01 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee education officials are again discussing the possibility of tying teacher pay to test scores.

The Tennessean reports the discussion at a recent State Board of Education meeting came in the wake of new research that found no correlation between teacher effectiveness and experience or advanced degrees.

Board Chairman B. Fielding Rolston said education department staff should study the data and make recommendation that would align pay more with performance.

The idea, which has been discussed before, has met opposition form teachers' unions.

Gera Summerford, president of the state's teacher union and largest professional organization, says more research is needed before making changes in the current pay structure.

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