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ERIC Number: ED532640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Rewarding Educators. Info Brief. Number 53
Fuller, Dan; Fitzgerald, Kevin; Allen, Rick
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
The issue of merit and incentive pay for educators has champions and critics among educators and policymakers. Proponents cite the need to increase pay for effective teachers who improve student achievement and the need to get the best, most effective educators into high-need districts. Critics cite concerns such as a breakdown in cooperation at the building level predicated upon differentiated pay and the loss of the team approach to education. They express concerns about awarding bonuses based on a single test score, which could potentially lead teachers to teach to the test, as well as concerns about the evaluation process and the procedure for determining educator rewards. Although incentives and pay alone will not keep educators in the classroom, this issue of "Infobrief" addresses several questions regarding the use of such options in education: Do merit and incentive pay programs lead to increased student achievement? Is there a causal relationship? What do the critics say about these programs? What are some effective measurement tools or reviews that provide an accurate evaluation for educators to receive bonuses? How can these programs help get the best educators in front of the neediest students? This Info Brief includes information about several large merit and incentive pay programs, as well as some of the funding sources that support them. Throughout this issue, you will find examples of various programs that are being implemented. Although the programs vary considerably in structure and application, most of their compensation plans provide incentives based on one or more of the following: pay for performance, pay for the attainment of knowledge and skills, and pay for filling positions in hard-to-staff schools.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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