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ERIC Number: ED510500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 47
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Teacher Salary Bonuses in North Carolina. Working Paper 2008-03
Vigdor, Jacob L.
National Center on Performance Incentives, Paper was prepared for "Performance Incentives: Their Growing Impact on American K-12 Education" (Nashville, TN, February 29, 2008)
Since the 1996/97 school year, the state of North Carolina has awarded bonuses of up to $1,500 to teachers in schools that exhibit test score gains above certain thresholds. This article reviews the details of the bonus program, describes patterns of differences between schools that qualify for bonuses of differing amounts, and presents basic data to address the question of whether the bonus program has improved student achievement, or has led to a narrowing of racial or socioeconomic achievement gaps. There is some evidence to suggest an improvement in overall test scores, particularly in math, but less evidence to suggest that achievement gaps have narrowed. The bonus program has been associated with higher rates of turnover in low-performing schools; differential pay programs may be one way to avoid this unintended consequence. (Contains 3 tables, 11 figures and 15 footnotes.)
National Center on Performance Incentives. Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, PMB #43, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-5538; Fax: 615-322-6018; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on Performance Incentives
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060034; R305A060067