Teacher merit pay — a cherished tool of the schol "reformers" before they began focusing like a laser on charter schools, particularly in urban districts — is being dropped in New York City. Did not work. No effect on students' performance or teachers' attitudes, study found.
The study, commissioned by the city, is to be published Monday by the RAND Corporation, the public policy research institution. It compared the performance of the approximately 200 city schools that participated in the bonus program with that of a control group of schools.
Weighing surveys, interviews and statistics, the study found that the bonus program had no effect on students’ test scores, on grades on the city’s controversial A to F school report cards, or on the way teachers did their jobs.