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ERIC Number: ED521918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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What New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Tells Us about Pay for Performance. Research Brief
Li, Jennifer
RAND Corporation
In the 2007-2008 school year, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) implemented the Schoolwide Performance Bonus Program (SPBP). With funding from The Fund for Public Schools and the National Center on Performance Incentives, researchers from the RAND Corporation and Vanderbilt University independently evaluated the implementation and effects of this program. The researchers conducted this evaluation from February 2009 through March 2011, using both qualitative and quantitative data and designed their analysis to take advantage of the program's experimental design. They found that, although the program was implemented fairly and smoothly, it did not improve student achievement or overall school performance and did not affect teachers' reported attitudes and behaviors. Given these findings, the researchers went on to examine potential explanations for the lack of effects and to identify implications for pay-for-performance policies in general. This research brief provides an explanation for the lack of positive effects under the program. A list of implications for pay-for-performance policies is also presented. [This research brief describes work done for RAND Education documented in "A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses: Final Evaluation Report," by Julie A. Marsh, Matthew G. Springer, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Kun Yuan, Scott Epstein, Julia Koppich, Nidhi Kalra, Catherine DiMartino, and Art (Xiao) Peng. To access this report, see ED521920.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Identifiers - Location: New York