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ERIC Number: EJ888665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Delicate Task of Developing an Attractive Merit Pay Plan for Teachers
Ritter, Gary W.; Jensen, Nathan C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n8 p32-37 May 2010
The use of performance-based pay, or merit pay, has become a topic of increased focus in education circles in recent years. Questions about the effectiveness of these types of programs, coupled with a variety of criticisms about the benefits of merit pay, have resulted in teachers viewing this type of incentive structure with much skepticism. In that context, we present here five key lessons we learned based on our work with three Arkansas charter schools of how to best implement a merit pay program to avoid these criticisms. In short, school administrators should generate staff support, create a bonus structure that is motivating to teachers, adopt assessments to help teachers track student performance, encourage collaboration, and define merit more broadly than improvements in student test scores. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas