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ERIC Number: ED502133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Getting More Bang for CFE Bucks. Policy Briefing No. 1
Greene, Jay
Empire Center for New York State Policy
The author discusses the challenge of ensuring that education expenditures yield appropriate academic progress. The best way to accomplish this is to impose on educators accountability such as that found in other professions, according to Greene, who supports making spending dependent on performance by implementing a system of teacher-merit pay. Studies in Tennessee and South Carolina are cited as demonstrated success of the merit pay philosophy. Critics who argue that a merit pay system will produce only "teaching to the test" or manipulations of test results are answered by a Manhattan Institute study that concluded that attaching stakes to test results does not undermine the reliability of those results. Noting that most skilled professions link pay to performance, the author concludes that rewarding excellent teachers will help attract and retain them, and excellent teachers will improve student performance far more than advanced degrees and number of years taught. (Contains 9 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Empire Center for New York State Policy
Identifiers - Location: New York