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ERIC Number: ED510355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher Merit Pay: What Do We Know? The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 11, Number 3
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
Merit pay programs for educators--sometimes referred to a "pay for performance"--attempt to tie a teacher's compensation to his/her performance in the classroom. While the idea of merit pay for classroom teachers has been around for several decades, only now is it starting to be implemented in a growing number of districts around the country. One example of the increased interest for merit pay systems can be seen in the the recent increased funding level for the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF). The TIF program, which is run through the United States Department of Education (USDOE), provides funding to school districts to help them implement merit pay systems. The USDOE has increased funding for the TIF program this year by more than four-fold--from $97.3 million to $437 million. This issue reviews what individuals know, and don't know, about teacher merit pay systems. A list of ECS resources is included. (Contains 7 endnotes.)
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Iowa; Texas