But proficiency rates among students statewide are stagnant. Despite an aggressive statewide high school reform effort, test scores of high school juniors have remained flat for the past several years, with about 53 percent scoring proficient or better on the English portion of the test and 43 percent scoring proficient or better in math.
And yet the teachers continue to demand annual raises, on top of annual step increases. Personally, I’d be embarrassed to demand more money if I couldn’t show improvement. Before anybody doubles down on the good work of individual teachers, let me remind y’all that the teachers have chosen to negotiate as a group. So thus must their performance be judged.