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For Reformers: An Important Paper on Worker Compensation and Incentives

I’ve written before that education reformers often have an unfortunate lack of perspective about the way the world works outside of education. This means that reformers often unjustifiably assume – implicitly or explicitly – that their proposed changes would make education more like other sectors. This assumption, in turn, makes reformers’ proposals seem more intuitive […]

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TWIE: Paying Teachers For Master’s Degrees is (Still) A Bad Idea

As I said at This Week in Ed, I seriously doubt paying teachers for MAs is a good use of money: The most common and intuitive defense of the master’s degree is probably that we should pay for it because we should value the professional qualifications of our teachers. Why shouldn’t we reward teachers who have invested […]

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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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