Regular readers know I’m not a supporter of merit pay for teachers. The best piece I’ve seen outlining the reasons why it isn’t a good idea is a short piece titled What’s Wrong With Merit Pay by Diana Ravitch.
A new, short, report has just been published by the Education Commission of the States examining several studies on merit pay. How do they analyze them?
Each of the studies of the four pay-for-performance systems found no conclusive
evidence to link the new merit pay system with higher student achievement.
Thanks to the HechingerEd report for the tip.
Check out Daniel Pink’s TED talk about motivation and his book Drive. I’m a little over half way through Drive, but basically, rewards for cognitive tasks don’t work.