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    Merit Pay and the Evaluation Problem

    Why Most Merit Pay Plans Fail and a Few Survive

    Richard J. Murnane and David K. Cohen
    Richard J. Murnane and David K. Cohen use the framework of microeconomics to account for the short lives of most merit pay plans. They demonstrate that teaching is not ‘an activity that satisfies the conditions under which performance-based pay’ is an efficient method of compensating workers. They then show that merit pay plans survive in a few school districts, in part because the districts are special and in part because the merit pay plans are quite dffferent from conventional notions of performance-based pay.

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    Spring 1986 Issue

    Abstracts

    Merit Pay and the Evaluation Problem
    Why Most Merit Pay Plans Fail and a Few Survive
    Richard J. Murnane and David K. Cohen
    Empowering Minority Students
    A Framework for Intervention
    Jim Cummins
    Review of "A Study of High Schools"
    A Dialogue in Three Parts
    Marvin Lazerson
    Thinking About Teachers and the Curriculum
    William Ayers
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