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ERIC Number: ED544202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Review of the Report "A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses. Final Evaluation Report." What Works Clearinghouse Single Study Review
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The study examined in this paper focuses on whether monetary bonuses for teachers improved schoolwide academic achievement in New York City public schools. Study authors analyzed data from 389 high-need elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City in the first year of the bonus program (2007-08) and from 371 of those same schools in the second (2008-09) and third (2009-10) years. These schools had been randomly assigned to either an intervention or a comparison group in 2007-08. The researchers assessed the effectiveness of the bonus program by comparing the scores on the New York City Department of Education's (NYCDOE) Progress Reports for schools randomly assigned to the intervention group with those of the comparison group. The primary research question for this study is "what is the impact of the performance bonus program on schoolwide achievement?" The analysis sample included some schools that were eligible to participate in the bonus program but did not ultimately participate. Therefore, the study estimated the effect of being eligible to participate in the program, regardless of actual participation. The study found that the New York City Schoolwide Performance Bonus Program had no discernible impact on school Progress Report scores. The study is a well-implemented randomized controlled trial. Because this study examined school-level outcomes, the reported effect sizes are not comparable to effect sizes calculated for student-level analyses. The following are appended: (1) Study details; (2) Outcome measures for the academic achievement domain; (3) Study findings for Year 1; (4) Study findings for Year 2; and (5) Study findings for Year 3. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 2 endnotes.) [The following study is the focus of this "Single Study Review": Marsh, J. A., Springer, M. G., McCaffrey, D. F., Yuan, K., Epstein, S., Koppich, J., Kalra, N., DiMartino, C., Peng, A. (2011). "A big apple for educators: New York City's experiment with schoolwide performance bonuses. Final evaluation report." Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: New York