A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses : Final Evaluation Report

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses : Final Evaluation Report

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses : Final Evaluation Report

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses : Final Evaluation Report

Excerpt

The New York City Schoolwide Performance Bonus Program (SPBP) was a joint program on which both the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) had agreed. Implemented for the first time in the 2007–2008 school year, this voluntary, three-year program provided financial rewards based on school-level performance to educators in high-needs elementary, middle, and high schools. The SPBP represents one of a growing number of pay-for-performance programs being tested around the country.

In 2009, the New York City Fund for Public Schools contracted with the RAND Corporation to independently evaluate the SPBP in partnership with Vanderbilt University and the National Center on Performance Incentives (NCPI). The purpose of this two-year project was to evaluate the program’s implementation and effectiveness. This monograph is the final product of this evaluation and should be of interest to policymakers, researchers, and practitioners designing, implementing, or studying pay-for-performance programs or policies.

This research was conducted by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, and partners at Vanderbilt and NCPI. Funding to carry out the work was provided by the New York City Fund for Public Schools and NCPI.

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