Transfer Incentives for High-Performing Teachers: Final Results from a Multisite Randomized Experiment

One policy response to the challenge of attracting high-performing teachers to low-achieving schools is offering teachers monetary incentives to transfer. This report examines impacts of transfer incentives—including the willingness of teachers to transfer when offered an incentive, teacher retention in the schools to which they transferred, and the impact of transfer incentives on student achievement at low-performing schools. Ten school districts in seven states participated in the random assignment study. The highest-performing teachers in each district—those who had raised student achievement year after year as measured by "value added"—were offered $20,000 to teach at a lower-performing district school for two years.

The study found that:

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