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Pay for Performance

Pay for performance for educators seeks to tie compensation more directly to outcomes, most frequently defined as some measure of student achievement, instructional quality, or the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills of value to the organization. Pay for performance may occur at the level of the individual educator or across teams or whole schools. The basis of pay for performance lies in the motivational theory, which suggests that higher levels of employee motivation and performance may be obtained when compensation is more closely aligned with organizational goals and individual or group outputs.

This entry describes pay for performance as applied to educators, as well as giving an overview of teacher compensation practices more broadly. The entry then examines the theoretical basis of performance pay, the ...

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