ERIC Number: ED236771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Merit Pay Plans for Teachers: Status and Descriptions. ERS Report.
Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
This report, an update of the 1978 survey of national merit pay plans for teachers, provides descriptive data on currently operating merit pay plans and state level activities. Outlining current research, the report points out that neither a commonly acceptable definition of merit pay nor a generally acceptable method of determining meritorious teacher performance has been developed. It also reviews current attitudes toward merit pay of teachers, administrators, and teacher unions. In summarizing salient characteristics of current merit pay plans, the following criteria are noted: (1) input type evaluation criteria are cited as the type most often used, (2) compensation and recognition of outstanding teachers are cited as the major benefit of the plans, (3) evaluation is identified as the major problem, and (4) involvement of teachers is cited as a key element of successful plans. Respondents to the 1983 survey confirmed the reasons found in 1978 for discontinuing merit pay plans: unsatisfactory evaluation procedures, administrative problems, staff dissension, and lack of funds. The report includes case summaries of merit pay plans and descriptions of state activities relating to merit pay. Appendixes abstracting each plan and state level interest are included. (MD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Financial Support, Incentives, Master Teachers, Merit Pay, Merit Rating, Peer Evaluation, Recognition (Achievement), Researchers, School Districts, State Boards of Education, Surveys, Teacher Salaries, Teachers
Publications, Educational Research Service, 1800 North Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 219-21684; $28.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.