This comes from an article in The Atlantic titled Should Teachers Get Bonuses for Student Achievement?
Here’s the full quote:
A 2009 report on teacher performance pay and accountability from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., found that “relatively few private-sector workers have pay that varies in a direct, formulaic way with their productivity, and that the share of such workers is probably declining.” Merit pay systems in the private sector have been found to hurt job performance, rather than improve it, the report concluded. The researchers also make the case that student test scores are not a reliable measure of how well teachers do their jobs.
If that’s the case, then why are so many policymakers willing to bet that extra money will improve teacher — and as a result, student — performance?
It’s a good question, isn’t it?
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