Read this article yesterday-talks about merit pay not encouraging teachers to raise test scores. In my opinion-duh. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-meritpay_04tex.ART.State.Edition2.4b96aa0.html We actually participated in this-and I can't say it made me teach any better knowing that if my student's made the gains expected I would get a small bonus. I think the good teachers are already doing everything they can and the not-so-good teachers often somehow pull out high test scores anyway-even if it's just because all they do is teach the test. I really don't like how the article even says teachers were expected to "push" for higher test scores and they chose schools who were already doing well to participate. Anyway, thought it was interesting.