ERIC Number: EJ931433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Blocked, Diluted, and Co-Opted: Interest Groups Wage War against Merit Pay
Buck, Stuart; Greene, Jay P.
Education Next, v11 n2 p26-31 Spr 2011
According to the latest "Education Next" poll, public support for merit pay gained significant ground over the past year and now outdistances opposition by a 2:1 margin. Replacing the standardized salary schedule, where the only factors that determine teacher salaries are the number of years on the job and academic credentials, seems a worthwhile goal. In theory, pay-for-performance plans both provide a clear monetary incentive to teachers to find the best way to motivate and instruct their students and, over the longer term, attract and retain those more-effective teachers who wish to work in a field that rewards professionals for the quality of their efforts. But enacting high-quality performance pay plans in the United States is easier said than done. The authors argue that merit pay plans are more likely to be symbolic than substantive and more likely to be promised than delivered. They contend that a strong, well-designed merit-pay plan requires more than offering a bonus to high-performing teachers while paying the remainder according to the standard schedule. To be truly effective, pay for performance must mean in education what it does in other industries--salary increases for the successful, and salary reductions, even dismissals, for poor performers.
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Teacher Effectiveness, Rewards, Public Support, Unions, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States