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Why Not Make Teacher Salaries Dependent on Test Scores?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:59

Merit pay has been tried over and over.  It's failed miserably every single time.

It suggests that teachers are holding their effort hostage and principals don’t know good teaching.

Kids don’t deserve to be placed between a teacher and her paycheck.

In 1986, researchers Richard Murman and David Cohen, in the Harvard Educational Review, surveyed merit pay plans going back to the 19th century.

“We found no urban districts with long-lived merit pay plans.  In fact, we could not find even one documented case of a large, once-troubled school district that had successfully used merit pay to improve its performance.”

Texas, Chicago, NY, DC, and Denver squandered hundreds of millions on merit pay bonuses with nothing to show for it but cheating scandals.

Nashville offered teachers $15,000 bonuses: No impact on student achievement.

New York City’s heralded $75 million experiment in teacher incentive pay...did not increase student achievement at all

“If anything student achievement declined.” -lead researcher & merit pay advocate James Fryer

Charleston’s plan to withhold promised salaries is a novel approach, but there’s no evidence to suggest it will work any better...

...unless the goal is to drive teachers to districts that honor their promises and already pay higher salaries.