Monetary Incentives May Not Lead to Improved School Performance
|August 18, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Education, Evaluation, Research||
A study of New York City public schools by the RAND Corporation shed some light on the complexity of motivational factors and education outcomes as it found that financial incentives did not improve school performance.
The 3-year study (2007-2010) was designed to evaluate a program that used bonuses to reward school and student achievement. The findings indicated that money alone was not a strong motivational factor as no overall improvement was noted in any grade, at any school. Data point to educators perhaps not buying into or understanding (or agreeing with) the logic behind the promise of fiscal incentives as many reported not changing their teaching style to attempt to draw down a part of the monetary prize.
The report, A Big Apple for Educators New York City’s Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses: Final Evaluation Report by Julie A. Marsh, Matthew G. Springer, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Kun Yuan, Scott Epstein, Julia Koppich, Nidhi Kalra, Catherine DiMartino and Art (Xiao) Peng is available for download at the RAND website.