Pay for Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund
Pay for performance for educators continues to attract attention and support. The Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), a $600 million federal grant program designed to support innovative approaches to reforming teacher pay, supports performance-based teacher and principal compensation to help attract top talent in high-needs schools. Mathematica’s five-year, $7.9 million study for the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences involves a rigorous national evaluation of TIF. The study was mandated by the legislation authorizing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Our study is evaluating these performance-based compensation systems to measure issues like student achievement and teacher mobility. The findings will help answer pressing policy questions about how the programs are designed, communicated, and implemented. Partners include Vanderbilt University Peabody College and Chesapeake Research Associates.