ERIC Number: ED443147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Improving Performance: Competition in American Public Education.
While reformers have taken many steps in recent years to raise student achievement, and have enacted higher standards, introduced new instructional strategies, and sought out stronger teachers, it is increasingly clear to business leaders that the public education system is not going to respond sufficiently to reformers without incentives to perform at higher levels. Although the private sector encourages hard work, innovation, and high standards through risks and rewards of competition, in public schools, educators and students have faced few consequences for their failures and even fewer rewards for their successes. Introducing consequences and rewards into education is essential to raising student achievement and spurring schools to improve. Based upon its study of incentive systems in public education, this report provides 15 different incentive models for schools, individual educators, and students. Each one of the models has the potential to improve student achievement, but they work best in combination with one another and with other reforms. The report goes on to suggest a number of other conditions that are necessary for competition-based incentives to flourish in public schools. (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Competition, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Models, Motivation Techniques, Public Education, Public Schools, Research Utilization, Resource Allocation, Rewards, School Choice, School Effectiveness, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.