Holding Accountability to Account: Pay for Performance

Richard Rothstein headed a new study that draws lessons from the private sector leading to a healthy dose of caution in utilizing pay-for-performance in education. The study examines the potential for goal distortion, manipulation of sub-groups, and ways to game the system leading to untrustworthy statistics. While not rejecting pay for performance, this study is a must-read for educators seeking to make smart contributions to designing performance pay experiments. February, 2008

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