Study: Merit pay works | Joanne

Merit pay for teachers can lead to higher test scores for students, reports Ed Week‘s Teacher Beat. In the U.S., teacher participation in a merit-pay program was linked to three extra weeks of schooling, concluded a Vanderbilt meta-analysis of 44 studies.

“The findings suggest that merit pay is having a pretty significant impact on student learning,” said author Matthew G. Springer, an assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.
Incentive-pay programs that provided on-the-job training for teachers –a requirement of the federal Teacher Incentive Fund — had…

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