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By Julie A. Marsh, Matthew G. Springer, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Kun Yuan, Scott Epstein

For 3 college years, from 2007 to 2010, approximately two hundred high-needs ny urban public faculties participated within the Schoolwide functionality Bonus software, whose large goal was once to enhance scholar functionality via school-based monetary incentives. An autonomous research of attempt rankings, surveys, and interviews chanced on that this system didn't enhance pupil success, possibly since it didn't encourage switch in educator habit.

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First, programs may vary in terms of the unit of accountability, the entity responsible for meeting program goals and eligible for program rewards. An individual unit of accountability targets the educator, while a group unit of accountability targets some group of educators, such as teachers of the same grade, department, or any other subschool unit or of the school as a whole. Finally, hybrid models of accountability have some elements of group and individual accountability. That is, part of the reward comes from individual teacher performance and behavior, while part of the reward comes from the group.

The implementation findings, nonetheless, provide insights into the theory of action underlying the policy and the mechanisms expected to yield positive student outcomes—such as improved motivation, enhanced morale, increased collaboration, and improved practice. The study also uncovered much about the process and potential challenges of assigning a small school committee the task of distributing a schoolwide bonus among staff. Overall, these results yielded several implications relevant to the broader set of pay-for-performance policies that have gained considerable national attention and interest in recent years.

The New York City Schoolwide Performance Bonus Program The New York City SPBP was a pilot program resulting from negotiations between NYCDOE and UFT, the union that represents teach- Background on pay-for-performance programs and the new York City SpBp 21 ers and other education employees for purposes of setting salaries and working conditions. 1 million students in more than 1,700 schools across the five boroughs of New York City. The department is led by a chancellor, who is appointed by the mayor, and is divided into 32 community districts, each led by a superintendent overseeing the elementary and middle school students in that area.

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