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ERIC Number: EJ913798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Merit Pay Misfires
Ramirez, Al
Educational Leadership, v68 n4 p55-58 Dec 2010-Jan 2011
Critics argue that the uniform salary schedule is unfair because it promotes mediocrity by rewarding poor performers while failing to recognize outstanding achievement on the job. Advocates for merit pay systems for preK-12 education also contend that the uniform salary schedule ignores the basic purpose of education--student learning. Although merit pay systems can work in other professions, they don't work well in public education for several reasons: Teachers aren't motivated by greed, but by more intrinsic rewards; the tests used to decide "merit" were never designed to measure teacher effectiveness; teachers may feel manipulated; competition for bonuses can easily destroy a sense of community among staff members; and merit pay programs are typically not funded in a way that can provide or sustain substantial financial rewards.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A