Teacher Incentives Help Boost Test Scores

By: Harrison Hove Email
By: Harrison Hove Email

In the first study of its kind, University of Florida researchers collected surveys from more than 500 schools in the US.

Results show students in schools with merit pay scored an average of one to two percentage points higher on standardized tests than students in schools which offered no bonuses.

Some teachers and teacher unions have criticized bonus plans calling them unfair. Yet the federal government has encouraged school districts to pursue them.


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