It’s baaaaaaaaaack: Program to pay teachers based on college entrance exams they took when they were in high school returns via budget language

Jeff Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times reported today via twitter that the program to pay annual bonuses of as much as $10,000 to teachers who themselves earned SAT or ACT scores in the 80th percentile or better had appeared in the budget proviso language being negotiated by the Florida House and Senate.  The Legislature is meeting in a special session to work out a budget.

A regular session bill to authorize the program and call it the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program died when the regular session collapsed due to budget controversy.  However, the present proviso language would be sufficient to get the program started in the 2015-2016 school year.

The proposal for the program is based on the idea that teachers who scored high SAT or ACT scores when they took these exams themselves in high school have more success in helping their own students achieve.  While such a correlation certainly exists, particularly in math, it is a weak correlation.

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