Friday, October 29th, 2010
POINT Experiment Results Reveal Teacher Performance Pay Alone Does Not Improve Student Test Scores
Results from NCPI’s POINT experiment were released on September 21, 2010, and find rewarding teachers with bonus pay, in the absence of any other support program, does not raise student test scores. The Project on Incentives in Teaching (POINT) was a three-year study conducted in the Metropolitan Nashville School System from 2006-07 through 2008-09 school years. Middle school mathematics teachers voluntarily participated in a controlled experiment to assess the effect of financial rewards for teachers whose students showed unusually large gains on standardized tests. The experiment was intended to test the notion that rewarding teachers for improved scores would cause scores to rise.
NCPI Website Now Updated!
NCPI has been working for several months on enhancements to our website in an effort to make it more user friendly and informative. Our efforts have resulted in the following improvements:
NCPI and Battelle for Kids Host National Conference on Educator Effectiveness
Nearly 300 practitioners, policy makers, and researchers convened to discuss issues related to teacher effectiveness at a conference held at Vanderbilt University on September 20-21.
NCPI Papers Featured in Special Fall 2010 Issue of Education Finance and Policy
A special issue of Education Finance and Policy titled Rethinking Teacher Retirement Benefit Systems was recently released.
POINT Release Sparks Media Attention
With the release of the POINT report came a wave of media attention on the experiment’s results and on the topic of performance pay in general.