Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance, study finds

By Nick Anderson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 9:46 PM

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 D.C. 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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