ERIC Number: ED245336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Some Points to Consider When You Discuss Merit Pay.
Van Loozen, Lu
Providing information on the issue of merit pay for teachers, this booklet covers reasons for adopting merit-pay programs, examples of such programs now operating, definitions of types of programs, indications of why some programs have failed, and steps for developing a successful program. Noting the lagging pay of teachers and inadequacies of current promotion systems, the author describes the varieties of merit-pay plans. Examples of merit-pay programs show how teacher outputs are being used to determine awards, how merit-pay schedules have entirely replaced single-salary schedules in some districts, and how incentive pay can help districts meet special needs. Differential staffing and master-teacher plans are also explained and illustrated. Three major reasons are cited for most merit-pay failures--teacher opposition, inadequate financing, and administrative difficulties--and a variety of other reasons mentioned, as well. Finally, a seven-step approach is offered to implementing a program in any school district; the steps are chosen to avoid proven pitfalls, generate public support, and meet district needs. (JW)
Descriptors: Differentiated Staffs, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Master Teachers, Merit Pay, Merit Rating, Personnel Policy, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Recognition (Achievement), Salaries, Teacher Employment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.