Thoughts on merit pay? THOUGHT #1: I have no issue with my raise being determined by my effectiveness in the classroom. However, if the only measure of my effectiveness is how students do on a high stakes test, I have a problem with that. THOUGHT #2: Currently, all high stakes testing happens to sophomores ... I see only juniors and seniors ... THOUGHT #3: If testing is a measurement, what about the pay of all those teachers that do not have testing going on? P.E, FACS, Wood Tech?