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What is the study about?

This study examined whether the Achievement Challenge Pilot Project, a performance-pay program for teachers, improved the academic achievement of elementary school students.

What did the study authors report?

The study reported higher student test score gains for students in schools that implemented the performance-pay program than for students in schools without the program.


Winters, M., Greene, J. P., Ritter, G., & Marsh, R. (2008). The effect of performance-pay in Little Rock, Arkansas on student achievement (Working Paper 2008-02). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, National Center on Performance Incentives.

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