Monday, December 6, 2010

Merit Pay for Teachers in Texas - promising results

The Dallas Morning news does a solid job covering education.  This morning's headline was "Study shows Texas teacher merit pay helps keep staff, slightly helps test scores"  This is pretty great news coming off a recent study showing merit pay had little impact.

This study provides some good indicators:
  • Better retention of teachers receiving merit pay - so we keep the good teachers and the bad ones move on to other jobs! 
  • Bigger bonuses = better student performance - so the tendency to water it down, give everyone something and lower the bonus/teacher is not really working
Give Texas a lot of credit - they abandoned the first merit pay program when results showed it didn't work - but they didn't abandon merit pay.  They keep working and studying to improve the program and and the results show they are headed in the right direction!