ERIC Number: ED233483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Paying Teachers for Performance and Productivity: Learning from Experience.
Robinson, Glen E.
ERS Concerns in Education, May 1983
This presentation examines the history of merit pay and analyzes studies and research on merit pay to discover directions for developing effective procedures. Reasons for failure of merit pay plans include administrative problems, personnel problems, collective bargaining, financial problems, unsatisfactory evaluation, staff dissension, insufficient financial incentive, and lack of teacher support. Successful merit pay plans are identified as including effective evaluation procedures, administrative workability, board and management commitment, staff involvement, financial support, and the promotion of increased learning. The author points out that the approaches with the best chance of success are based on educational productivity and are objectively measurable and visibly fair. The report concludes that merit pay plans are no cure for the ills for which they are often proposed: as a substitute for adequate salary scale, as financial penalty for incompetent teachers, and as substitutes for effective and adequately staffed evaluation programs for teacher improvement. In summary the author states that successful plans must include a sound evaluation structure based on superior performance, must be adequately financed, and must be open to all who qualify. (MD)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Merit Pay, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Reliability, Student Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation
Publications, Educational Research Service, Inc., 1800 North Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 226-00001; $6.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Note: Invited presentation given to the Annual Conference of Virginia Division Superintendents (100th, Roanoke, VA, April 11, 1983). The conference was sponsored by the Department of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia.