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Thursday, August 7, 2008

A note on merit pay

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 3:21 PM

The Walton-endowed professor of teacher union busting up at Walton U. in Fayetteville pronounced Little Rock's merit pay experiment a success in a study released back in January.

A reader today passed along a quick review of the Walton U. study from the What Works Clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences.

It says the study in question "is not consistent with WWC evidence standards."

The study reported higher student test score gains for students in schools that implemented the performance-pay program than for students in schools without the program.

The WWC does not consider these results to be conclusive because the two groups of schools were not initially equivalent. The higher test score gains in the schools that implemented the program may reflect other characteristics of these schools not controlled for in the analysis.

FYI.

 


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