From EAG News:
ANAHEIM, Calif. – A recent study found teachers in Anaheim, California take home an average of $115,437 per year, making them among the top paid in the state at nearly $8,000 per student.
The report, produced by the California Policy Center and Nevada Policy Research Institute, calls into question the California schools’ ever-increasing employee costs in the context of mediocre student performance, and illustrates the notion that money produces results is a fallacy.
The nonprofit think tanks analyzed 2014 teacher compensation data and compared the numbers to Academic Performance Index scores awarded to California school districts based in 2013 standardized tests, ABC 10 reports.
The average teacher salary statewide was $94,796, while the average API score came in at 795. The API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a target score of 800 or above.
“A survey of 75 of the largest districts in which average teacher salary ranged from $81,000 to $120,000 found no connection between pay and district performance,” according to the news site. “The Chaffey Joint Union High School District had the highest average pay in the survey at $119,942. Its API score was 777. Meanwhile, San Ramon Valley Unified had the highest API score of any surveyed school, 923. Its average teacher pay was $88,638.”
“The lack of meaningful correlation between average teacher compensation and school performance, as measured by the districts’ 2013 API score, is stunning,” Mark Bucher, president of the California Policy Center, told OC Weekly. “It does show, however, that…