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ERIC Number: EJ788531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-12
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Performance-Pay Setup in Texas Shows Promise
Honawar, Vaishali; Keller, Bess
Education Week, v27 n27 p1, 14-15 Mar 2008
Independent studies of the nation's largest performance-pay system suggest that the state-backed plans in Texas could be having positive effects on teacher attitudes, with educators reporting they collaborate more with colleagues and encourage students to work harder than they did before the plans were implemented. Schools participating in the Texas programs also used a mix of performance indicators to measure teachers' eligibility for bonuses, researchers affiliated with Vanderbilt University's National Center on Performance Incentives found. The findings, presented at a conference held here Feb. 28-29, appear to answer some common criticisms of such plans, including fears that they can foster a competitive environment among teachers at a school, and that they rely too heavily, and sometimes solely, on test scores. The researchers, who scrutinized the first year of implementation of two of the three performance-pay plans in Texas, the Texas Educator Excellence Grant program and the Governor's Educator Excellence Grant program, known respectively as TEEG and GEEG, sounded a note of caution, however. They pointed out that it could be too early to attribute their findings solely to the performance-pay programs, which began as recently as 2006. Researchers found that both of those programs also appeared not to have a sizable effect on the classroom-instruction practices of a majority of teachers, with only around 25 percent saying they had altered their practices as a result of the performance-pay plans at their schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas