A highly anticipated study evaluating whether performance-based pay for Metro teachers correlates with increased student achievement is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.
For the past three years, Vanderbilt University researchers have been inside math classrooms at Metro middle schools examining the effects on student outcomes when paying eligible teachers bonuses up to $15,000 per year on the basis of student-gains on TCAP test scores.
Coined POINT — or the Project on Incentives in Teaching — the study was conducted by the National Center on Performance Incentives, a research center that operates out of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.
According to the center’s website, the analysis is to address several “impact areas, including student achievement, teacher behavior, organizational dynamics, unintended consequences and cost effectiveness.”
What comes out of that report could be key to whether Metro adopts a performance-based pay structure for teachers in the future.
In August, Director of Schools Jesse Register and Mayor Karl Dean rolled out a new plan called ASSET, which sees to transform the way Metro schools recruit, develop and retain teachers.
The announcement came a year after Register and Dean created a panel to discuss the topic of performance-based pay. But linking teacher salaries with student test scores is not part of the new ASSET program.
Various leaders in the education community have pointed to the findings of Vanderbilt’s report to reserve judgment on whether a performance-based pay structure should be brought to Nashville.