Category Archives: Teacher Compensation

Why Doesn’t Merit Pay Work?

Dick Startz this morning discusses one of many¬†experiments indicating that performance pay for teachers not only fails to improve student outcomes, but also doesn’t do much to change teacher behavior. I don’t think people are sufficiently puzzled about why that is, so I’m glad Startz offers some possible explanations: A $3,000 bonus is nice, but […]

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Four Problems I *Don’t* Have With Merit Pay

There’s not a lot of evidence indicating that performance pay for teachers is a good way of improving student achievement. It may be possible to elaborately design unusual incentive schemes that produce some effect, but such plans don’t seem promising in practice. And even if such schemes did “work” – in the sense that they […]

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