ERIC Number: ED511713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Paying to Learn: The Effect of Financial Incentives on Elementary School Test Scores. NBER Working Paper No. 16333
Bettinger, Eric P.
National Bureau of Economic Research
Policymakers and academics are increasingly interested in applying financial incentives to individuals in education. This paper presents evidence from a pay for performance program taking place in Coshocton, Ohio. Since 2004, Coshocton has provided cash payments to students in grades three through six for successful completion of their standardized testing. Coshocton determined eligibility for the program using randomization, and using this randomization, this paper identifies the effects of the program on students' academic behavior. We find that math scores improved about 0.15 standard deviations but that reading, social science, and science test scores did not improve.
Descriptors: Incentives, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Science Tests, Social Sciences, Scores, Elementary School Students, Eligibility, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gains, Rewards, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Science Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: Ohio