Merit Pay and Performance

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


“. . .one noted voice cries, “It Doesn’t Work.” Lyndsey Layton wrote a fine article in this morning’s The Washington Post about Daniel Pink’s view on merit pay for teachers. (he is the author of Drive and other books.) The article is worth reading. Maybe it is worth reading because I agree with him. Merit pay for teachers does not appear to improve performance.

Photo of Daniel Pink (Linda Davidson)

While visiting the Post’s site I found a blog, The Answer Sheet written by Valeria Strauss. She provides an article rich in actual data about pay for performance. In an age of opinions then being justified by snippets of data, her writing is refreshing. I highly recommend both articles.

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