Saturday, January 11, 2014

Merit pay doesn't work in education but it does increase cheating

Merit pay study: Teacher bonuses don't raise student test scores (USA Today- 9-21-10)
"NASHVILLE — 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."

There appears to be no body of consistent data showing that merit pay results in significant improvement in academic test scores. 

Merit pay changes collaboration to competition and creates a culture of exploiting students for adult profit. 

Who will want to teach the students in greatest need if it creates an unfair financial disadvantage?

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