Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits

Education Week

November 7, 2013


The transfer of top elementary teachers to low-achieving schools can help boost students' performance, but there's a catch: getting them to agree to move. A new study, seven years in the making, finds that elementary teachers identified as effective who transferred to low-achieving schools under a bonus-pay program helped their new students learn more, on average, than teachers in a control group did with their students. They also stayed in the schools at least as long as other new hires. But despite a large financial reward, only 5 percent of eligible teachers made the shift, the report concludes.
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