Pay for Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund (In Focus Brief)

Pay for Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund (In Focus Brief)

In Focus Brief
Published: Sep 16, 2014
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Pay-for-Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund

Time frame: 2009-2017

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Evaluation

Key Findings
  • Full implementation of TIF may be challenging—fewer than half of districts implemented all four required components of TIF.
  • Many educators misunderstood the performance measures and the pay-for-performance bonuses.

The Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) supports performance-based compensation systems in high-need schools. Grant incentives aim to raise student achievement by improving teacher effectiveness and workforce quality. Mathematica’s congressionally mandated study, one of the largest multi-site random assignment evaluations conducted on the impact of pay-for-performance bonuses, is examining TIF implementation for all 2010 grantees as well as impacts of the bonuses in a subset of 12 districts.

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