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Rewarding Great Teachers Pays Off

In a recent study, teachers who performed well at lower poverty schools were transferred to high poverty schools for $20,000. The teachers earned the pay regardless of how well their new students performed.

According to Slate, the study found that the transfer teachers significantly increased student achievement in comparison to their counterparts:

In the process, a remarkable thing happened. The transfer teachers significantly outperformed control-group teachers in the elementary grades, raising student achievement by 4 to 10 percentile points—a big improvement in the world of education policy, where infinitesimal increases are often celebrated.

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