MONTREAL, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - A recent Leger Marketing poll
revealed that 67% of Quebecers believe that teachers' performance
should be evaluated and that the best among them should be paid better
than their less effective colleagues. Some concerns have been expressed
about how to carry out a fair evaluation of the work teachers do. That
is why the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is publishing an Economic Note today on best practices in this regard.
Evaluating the work teachers do is a delicate task, admits Nathalie
Elgrably-Lévy, who authored the publication. "When it is done properly,
basing remuneration on performance encourages teachers to excel and
thereby contributes to improving the quality of the school system," she
For several decades now, merit pay in the field of education has been in
effect in such places as the United Kingdom, India, Portugal, Israel
and the United States. From these experiments can be drawn certain keys
Autonomy for school administrations to decide whether or not to
introduce a merit pay policy and to define its parameters.
Multiple evaluation criteria that reflect the diversity of teachers'
A substantial bonus on top of a base salary in order to create a
sufficient incentive while preserving income stability.
The real possibility of firing a teacher whose evaluations are
repeatedly very poor.
Merit pay for principals and administrators whose work is essential in
"We have to keep in mind that teachers work in a wide variety of
conditions and socio-economic environments, and that their evaluations
must take this reality into account. As a result, uniform criteria for
the whole province handed down by the Department of Education or by a
professional body would not be useful in evaluating their performance,"
concludes Ms. Elgrably-Lévy.
The Economic Note, entitled Merit Pay: A Tool for Improving the Education System, prepared by Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy, lecturer at HEC Montréal and
senior economist at the MEI, in collaboration with Germain Belzile,
director of research at the MEI, can be consulted free of charge at www.iedm.org.
The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its
publications, media appearances and conferences, the MEI stimulates
debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing
wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. It does not accept
any government funding.
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