Teacher Questions The Effects Of Value Added Model On Special Education


The Idaho Press Tribune (6/3, Cavener) reports that the Value Added Model being discussed by the Idaho Governor’s Education Task Force may cause special education teachers to flee “away from the students who need the most talented instructors.” The author questions “will teachers be eager” to teach a student population of low performing students when their pay is tied to their performance under the value added plan? The author also worries that the new plan may cause teachers to leave the special education area in favor of regular education jobs where the likelihood they earn the possible $20,000 bonus under the Value Added Model is more likely.