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What is the study about?

The study examined whether offering financial incentives to teachers of fifth- through eighth-grade math students improved their students’ achievement on the math section of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

What did the study find?

Overall, the study found that students with math teachers who were offered the financial incentives exhibited math achievement growth that was no better or worse than students with teachers who were not offered the financial incentives.


Springer, M. G., Ballou, D., Hamilton, L., Le, V., Lockwood, J. R., McCaffrey, D., Pepper, M., & Stecher, B. (2010). Teacher pay for performance: Experimental evidence from the Project on Incentives in Teaching. Nashville, TN: National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University.

This quick review was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.