New Study: Merit Pay Does Not Boost Student Achievement – C. McCabe

McCabe, Cynthia. “New Study: Merit Pay Does Not Boost Student Achievement.” NEA Today. September 21, 2010. Retrieved on August 22, 2011. http://neatoday.org/2010/09/21/new-study-merit-pay-does-not-boost-student-achievement/

This is a summarization of a 2007-2009 Vanderbuilt University Study on Nashville Public Schools where teachers could earn an additional $15,000. The 2-year study of 300 teachers found that merit pay had no impact on student achievement. “We sought a clean test of the basic proposition: If teachers know they will be rewarded for an increase in their students’ test scores, will test scores go up?,” said Matthew Springer, executive director of Vanderbilt’s National Center on Performance Incentives. “We found that the answer to that question is no.”

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