Spotlight on Pay for Performance

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On Pay for Performance

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Education Week's Spotlight on Pay for Performance brings together a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Effectiveness of merit pay for teachers
  • Teacher Incentive Fund grants
  • Pay-for-performance for principals
  • Performance pay and student achievement
  • States’ roles in advancing performance-based pay
  • Warnings against, as well as recommendations for performance pay
  • Lessons learned from research

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A variety of federally financed grants based on performance pay are providing insights into how districts and teachers can improve teaching and learning, but officials and researchers say their effectiveness is uncertain.
August 13, 2008 – Education Week

School districts that want to start pay-for-performance programs for school leaders should look beyond high-stakes student tests as the primary measure for awarding bonuses, a recent position paper says.
May 14, 2008 – Education Week

A handful of new studies on performance-pay initiatives have found mixed results on how they affect student achievement.
March 12, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

States may be able to play a strong role in rethinking teacher-compensation systems, including basing rewards, in part, on student gains.
January 10, 2008 – Education Week

Even among the small number of states with pay-for-performance programs, the particulars vary widely.
January 10, 2008 – Education Week

The plan calls for paying teachers for the quality and quantity of their contributions to the schools and communities where they work.
April 18, 2007 – Education Week

Researchers want to find out whether the prospect of bonuses affects teachers' behavior, and whether student achievement improves as a result.
March 19, 2007 – Education Week

“How about defining student and teacher performance based on what parents and citizens actually want for their children—all of the goals, not just one,” suggests Donald B. Gratz.
March 11, 2009 – Education Week

The Question of Performance Pay
"While policy-system enthusiasm for the idea is building, the research-and-evaluation jury is still out on educator performance pay," say James W. Guthrie and Patrick J. Schuermann.
October 29, 2008 – Education Week

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