Using Student Test Scores to Award Merit Pay: A Look at the 2012 Pay-for-Performance Program for Idaho Schools

  • Gary Lee Storie Idaho State Univeristy
  • Peter R. Denner Idaho State University
Keywords: Merit Pay, Poverty, Teachers, Schools

Abstract

In the fall of 2012, Idaho implemented a plan to award bonus pay to schools whose students demonstrated academic growth based on the Betebenner (2008) method.  This study examined the relationship of the amount of bonus paid to a school, the percentage of students from low income families associated with a school, and the location of the school (urban, suburban, town, or rural).  Using hierarchical set regression, a statistically significant negative relationship was found between the percentage of students eligible for subsidized meals and per pupil school bonus pay.  When school location was added as a predictor, rural school location emerged as a positive predictor of the amount of per pupil bonus money received by a school.  The percentage of students eligible for subsidized meals also predicted whether a school received any bonus money.  

Author Biography

Gary Lee Storie, Idaho State Univeristy

Assistant Professor

Graduate Department of Educational Leadership and Instructional Design

Published
2015-10-06
How to Cite
Storie, G. L., & Denner, P. R. (2015). Using Student Test Scores to Award Merit Pay: A Look at the 2012 Pay-for-Performance Program for Idaho Schools. Current Issues in Education, 18(3). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1373
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