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Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance – study

Merit pay does nothing to improve test scores or other markers of success.

Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance - studyby Nick Anderson, Washington Post

September 21, 2010: Offering teachers incentives of up to $15,000 to improve student test scores produced no discernible difference in academic performance, according to a study released Tuesday, a result likely to reshape the debate about merit pay programs sprouting in DC schools and many others nationwide.

The study, which the authors and other experts described as the first scientifically rigorous review of merit pay in the United States, measured the effect of financial incentives on teachers in Nashville public schools and found that better pay alone was not enough to inspire gains...

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Posted: September 23, 2010

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