Pay for Performance in Education


For educators and administrators, compensation has traditionally been based on years of service and education level. As part of broader reform efforts, performance-based pay is being adopted in many districts across the United States. RAND research takes a close look at this model and how it affects important outcomes like teaching effectiveness and student achievement.

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    Retirement Benefits and Teacher Retention

    May 2, 2016

    There is little capacity to predict how recent pension reforms and changes to teacher compensation will affect teacher turnover and teacher experience mix—and in turn—potentially impact the cost and efficacy of the public education system. Research using a structural modeling approach may begin to fill that gap.

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    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher Pay-for-Performance

    Aug 1, 2013

    RAND's substantial body of work on teacher pay-for-performance provides policymakers with a strong evidence base on the design, implementation, and potential results of pay-for-performance programs.

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