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posted: 1/11/2013 5:00 AM

It's difficult to measure teacher dedication

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For years the Daily Herald Editorial Board has been critical of teacher salaries, their work ethic, student results and pensions. So how can the Editorial Board be surprised when a number of online commentators launches a diatribe against teachers even in light of the heroics and murder of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto? ("Victoria Soto and the devotion of our teachers," Dec. 23). Unfortunately it took the Sandy Hook School tragedy to reveal the dedication teachers have toward their students.

Maybe we can all now understand that teacher value cannot be measured through a simple metric like standardized test scores. How do you assess merit pay for teacher job performance such as that of Ms. Victoria Soto?

Keith A. Moens

Arlington Heights

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