What We’re Watching: Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value Added Measures

By Education Next 02/03/2011

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In this video, Dan Willingham describes six problems (some conceptual, some statistical) with merit pay for teachers.

Ed Next recently published an evaluation of the impact of a merit pay plan in New York City that awarded bonuses to all teachers in schools that met performance targets. Please see “Does Whole-School Performance Pay Improve Student Learning?” by Sarena Goodman and Lesley Turner, which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Ed Next.

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