Effective teachers don’t just help their students improve, conclues a new study reported in Education Week. Good teachers help colleagues teach better.
C. Kirabo Jackson and Elias Bruegmann analyzed 11 years of data on North Carolina schoolchildren for their study, which will be published in Applied Economics, a peer-reviewed journal.
Merit pay incentives should focus on rewarding school teams, not individuals, said Jackson, who teaches labor economics at Cornell.
“If you give the reward at the individual level, all of a sudden my peers are no longer my colleagues — they’re my competitors. If you give it at the school level, then you’re going to foster feelings of team membership, and that increases the incentive to work together and help each other out.”
Some merit-pay plans do reward the entire school staff — from principal to P.E. teacher to janitor.