Bonus gets results

Paying a $1,800 anual bonus reduced turnover by math, science and special education teachers working in high-poverty or low-performing schools in North Carolina.

. . . this bonus payment was sufficient to reduce mean turnover rates of the targeted teachers by 12%. Experienced teachers exhibited the strongest response to the program.

The effect of bonuses was undercut by a failure to inform teachers fully about the eligibility criteria, the researchers added.

Division of Labor wonders why it took so long to figure out that it makes sense to pay more to valued employees.

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