Report: Country's largest merit-pay plan has pluses, minuses

03/3/2008 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The first year of Texas' $100 million grant program for district-wide merit-pay plans has had some success, but bonuses were not as large as anticipated and high turnover among teachers remained an issue, according to a report. Teachers who participated rated the plan favorably, but 85% said receiving the bonuses had no effect on how they did their work. "What did the $100 million accomplish?" asked Richard Kouri of the Texas State Teachers Association. "These teachers were already doing a good job."

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