Study: Teacher Bonuses Don’t Improve Test Scores : NPR

Study: Teacher Bonuses Don’t Improve Test Scores : NPR.

If you look at the recent studies behind motivation, the results of this study shouldn’t be surprising. As long as teachers (or other professionals) are being paid enough, the old factory model of bonuses doesn’t seem to be working as well in todays world.

This is true in business, where you see people laid off or given bonuses based on how well they did in a particular quarter, resulting in the long- term vision of the company being hindered.

Caring and believing in what you do and the people you do it with (be it colleagues or students) lead to growth. And that growth should not solely be measured by test scores. They are a quick way to collect data, but should be used with other measuring tools.

Advertisements

One thought on “Study: Teacher Bonuses Don’t Improve Test Scores : NPR

  1. Wow–with a Matthew Springer lead quote and Nashville no less–the hotbed of perf incentives. This is huge and adds gasoline to the brewing fire on ed reform/teacher pay/race to the top. Randi is deft, btw, sliding left and right with great elegance. I always wanted to be AFT but we didnt have it in my district.
    I have Springer’s latest book (ironically purchased at Elliot Bay) and would love to share it after I digest. Great post!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s