Bright & Early: A Job Well Done Edition

Good morning, Nashville. The State of Tennessee was one of 32 groups picked by the US Department of Education to receive a slice of federal grant funding to revamp their system for paying teachers. Specifically, the state is looking at rewarding teachers in some of the state’s worst schools for their students’ performance on standardized tests. The $35 million grant will be spread out over five years and include payouts of up to $10,000 for the most effective teachers as determined by test scores and a few other criteria; additionally, it will fund some teacher training programs.  Making things a bit more interesting, Vanderbilt unveiled a study earlier this week showing that teacher incentives had no affect on students’ scores.

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