Gov should have done a little research before proposing merit pay.

Education reform that actually improves teaching and learning requires a much more comprehensive approach rather than a one-dimensional strategy such as individual pay bonuses.

A 2010 study by Vanderbilt University’s National Center on Performance Incentives – considered one of the most scientifically rigorous studies ever to be performed on the issue – found performance pay to individual teachers, provided without other supports, did not help students. Vanderbilt researchers found that, despite bonuses of $15,000 offered to middle-school math teachers, there were no gains in test scores by students.

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