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ERIC Number: ED498117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-6
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
From Best Research to What Works: Performance-Based Compensation in Public Education
Albert Shanker Institute
This document is a transcript of a forum held in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2006 on performance-based compensation in public education. The discussion was introduced by Eugenia Kemble, executive director of the Albert Shanker Institute, forum sponsor. The forum was moderated by Milton Goldberg and featured speakers Edward Lawler (director, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business) and Lewis Solmon (President, Teacher Advancement Program Foundation). Although the issue of performance-based pay is one of the more controversial issues in education, as many as 30 states have legislation or regulations talking to this issue, reflecting the practice of the Institute to select for discussion issues where there is an apparent departure between what research indicates and what may be happening in practice. Key issues to consider in rewarding performance (the individual; a group or a collection of individuals; bonuses versus salary increases; recognizing skills) were discussed. In counterpoint, lack of success of research into performance pay in education, the risk of incentivizing certain behaviors to the exclusion of other behaviors, and indicators that performance pay is insufficient motivation were also discussed. Question and answer periods followed each speaker, with participants concluding that the topic is an issue that needs to be sustained, as does that of making major improvements in the way schools are managed, administered and organized to improve student achievement.
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albert Shanker Institute, Washington, DC
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia