In addition to being sooooo ready for summer vacation, I received some not-so-delightful news in a staff meeting this week. Out state has recently passed a new law that will implement a merit pay based system rather than a seniority based system to compensate teachers. Fifty-one percent of this evaluation must be based on student growth. Here lies the rub for me: I teach special education in a low income school. Many of my students do not demonstrate a year's worth or growth because the test that they are being administered is based on grade level standards. I have two kindergarten girls that will be coming to me next year. Both have IQ's around 55, which is near the moderate level. They are currently functioning at a preschool level. Therefore tests that are written on their chronological level will not provide any accurate information for me. The specifics of this plan have not been communicated to use yet, only that I will not be getting a raise next year unless I am deemed proficient. Does anyone else live in a state that has merit pay? If so, how has this worked for you?