Evaluating and Rewarding the Quality of Teachers: International Practices

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Drawing on relevant international research, including information from experts’ presentations and papers given at the December 2008 Joint Conference between the OECD and the Government of Mexico, this book sets out good practice in the design and implementation of incentive systems for teachers. With this aim in mind, the book provides analysis and discussion of the design and implementation of incentive systems for teachers as well as guidance on what should be rewarded and how it should it be measured, who should be rewarded, how they should they be rewarded and how policies should be developed and implemented to ensure stakeholder engagement and commitment.

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The Politics of Performance-Based Incentives in Education: An International Look

Countries around the world increasingly recognise the importance of education for national economic wellbeing, and a growing cadre of reformers are looking for ways to increase education productivity. Reformers are also searching for ways to reduce achievement gaps between disadvantaged students and their more fortunate peers for social and moral reasons, as well as economic ones. Teachers are at the centre of reform efforts. An impressive body of research indicates that teachers are the most important school-level factor affecting student learning, and that the variation in effectiveness among teachers is large. But the relationship between standard indicators of teacher quality, such as certification status, years of experience beyond the first few years, and graduate degrees, are only weakly related to teacher performance, at best. And these factors weigh heavily in current teacher pay structures. The underlying findings are strong. They have been replicated in different jurisdictions, by different researchers, with different data based on different tests.

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