Teachers Get Cash Bonuses After Students Improve Test Scores

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) - A local school district is giving each of its 267 teachers $900 bonuses after students in the district improved their proficiency test scores.

The incentive money is part of a contract agreement between the 3,200-student Ravenna School District and its teachers' union.

Superintendent Timothy Calfee said that the teachers get a $100 bonus for each one-point increase in test scores. Calfee played down the role of the bonuses, calling the district's creation an "academic improvement plan."

The school had been on the state of Ohio's "academic watch" list.

Neil Quirk, vice president of the Akron Education Association, said that the bonuses cheat students because they are just being taught to pass proficiency tests.

Calfee said that the district is teaching the curriculum adopted by the state.

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