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  •  The Roland Fryer Report is a report on (0+ / 0-)

    school based incentives not individual teacher based incentives.

    Anyone familiar with incentive programs would recognize this as being an ineffectively designed incentive program.  This would explain why the researchers were surprised by the incentive program the schools chose to use. This is not an incentive program based on what an individual does, but what a group of 60 do.  

    Considering how the size of an individual's award is about $3,000, and whether or not the teacher gets an award is 98.4% based upon what 59 other people do and only 1.6% on what the individual teacher does this study only verifies the obvious - a poorly designed incentive program will not have a significant effect on outcomes.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 02:00:12 PM PDT

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    •  Fryer report supported by Peabody study (3+ / 0-)
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      which studied merit pay stipends directly to individual teachers, and found by themselves they did not improve test scores.  You can read about it here

      Deming opposed them in business/industry as being counter-productive.  To date there is NO study that demonstrates their effectiveness in education.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 02:04:03 PM PDT

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    •  Fryer report discusses individual incentives (3+ / 0-)
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      The Fryer report discusses other studies that used merit pay for individual teachers.  Those studies show that individual merit pay doesn't work either.

      Plus, good education is based on teamwork within schools - my wife works closely with other teachers so that they can all be more effective.  Individual merit pay hurts that teamwork and is counterproductive, or at least not productive.

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