Reaction to Merit Pay Study
The new Vanderbilt University study that’s critical of merit pay is shaking up the education world. Did it leave you speechless? Surprised? Left with a sense of satisfaction that you knew it was coming? It’s a groundbreaking study, so we’d like you to weigh in with a comment.
Here at CEA, we’ve long maintained that merit pay simply doesn’t work. Good teachers are good every day, not just on pay day.
The National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development released the study. It’s the first scientific study of performance pay conducted in the United States.
During the three-year experiment, educators were rewarded with $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 bonuses based on whether their students’ achievement rose by a specific amount over a certain period of time. Researchers found that bonuses based on student achievement do not improve student outcomes.
CEA Executive Director John Yrchik shares his reactions to the study. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Yrchik explains why this study is so significant.
President Obama has been pushing nationally for merit pay, Yrchik reacts.
Yrchik offers an example of a program that works.