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Study: Teacher merit pay doesn't boost student test scores



From a story just out in USA Today:

Offering middle-school math teachers bonuses up to $15,000 did not produce gains in student test scores, Vanderbilt University researchers reported Tuesday in what they said was the first scientifically rigorous test of merit pay. The results could amount to a cautionary flag about paying teachers for the performance of their students, a reform strategy the Obama administration and many states and school districts have favored despite lukewarm support or outright opposition from teachers' unions.

Full study here. Another with different conclusions here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:15pm]


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