Why Utah performs

Dear Editor,
I guess we’ve left merit pay for Gilroy teachers (thank
goodness
– I barely made it through

standard error

much less ANOVA) and are now dealing with Utah’s good
educational system.
Dear Editor,

I guess we’ve left merit pay for Gilroy teachers (thank goodness – I barely made it through “standard error” much less ANOVA) and are now dealing with Utah’s good educational system.

Does it have to do with merit pay and Utah’s ability to weed out incompetent teachers? Absolutely not! Is this how Utah is able to spend the least per student and get so much “bang for the buck” (student achievement)? No!

Utah does not have better teachers than Gilroy (California). It has an entirely different type of student.* And I don’t mean brighter – I mean those entities that were mentioned before: Stability, attitude, work ethic and a byproduct – attendance. These are the factors that enable a teacher to teach well (and the lack thereof to cause poor, under achievement).**

* Understand that I’m generalizing to make a point

** Through ages 5 to 18 years, teachers are in contact with the student about one-eighth of his/her life!

Roger Anderson, Gilroy

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