Texas study suggests teacher merit pay works
AUSTIN — More Texas teachers stayed put and students saw a slight jump in their test scores at schools where teachers received performance-based pay in the first two years of a $400 million state program, a study indicates. The work by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Missouri and Rand Corp. also found that school districts got better results when they gave teachers bigger bonuses — $3,000 and up — although a majority of districts chose to spread the money around to more teachers and give smaller payments.
The program is called District Awards for Teacher Excellence. Any guesses as to whether Florida leaders will look to the study as they push ahead with the next version of Senate Bill 6? (Just as a note, Texas's now-defunct Texas Educator Excellence Grant didn't have similar results, the DMN reported a year ago.)