Five elementary schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, experiment with using merit pay for teachers. The results are positive. In the experiment:
teachers could earn a bonus worth as much as $10,000. According to the year two evaluation, students in schools where the program operated in 2006-2007 enjoyed greater learning gains than their comparable peers did in math, reading, and language on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The evaluation also surveyed and interviewed teachers at participating and comparison schools.
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