ERIC Number: ED464085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Quality Teaching: Can Incentive Policies Make a Difference?
Cornett, Lynn M.; Gaines, Gale F.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are implementing policies that provide incentives to attract and retain teachers and increase student performance. Every state has unique priorities. This report includes a framework for thinking about priorities for a state based on the SREB's teacher supply and demand research (reducing new teacher turnover, preparing teachers sufficiently, attracting teachers back into teaching, and keeping veteran teachers); examples of teacher incentive programs that are attracting and retaining teachers in SREB states (advanced certification, coaching and mentoring and shortage-area incentives); the history of pay-for-performance for teachers, with lessons from the 1980s and 1990s (e.g., teachers prefer pay for additional work rather than pay based on performance, evaluation of teachers must be perceived as fair, and district pilot programs rarely work in the performance pay area); and a review of school-level incentive programs that support state accountability programs (how states determine awards and funding and distribution of school incentives). Finally, the report discusses how states can ensure that every student has a quality teacher. Questions to help policymakers determine what is working and what is not working are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Labor Turnover, Merit Pay, Motivation Techniques, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Skills
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.