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Hitting the Mark: Educating school systems on how to reward teachers for student success is aim of LBJ School study

The University of Texas at Austin

Monday, April 12, 2010

When President Barack Obama announced his Race to the Top program in the summer of 2009, the  national conversation seemed to focus solely on one issue, teacher incentive pay. Journalists, politicos  and academics rushed to the podium to throw their two cents in, some asking whether there should be  teacher incentive pay and others asking how to do it.

As states compete for the $5 billion set aside for Race to the Top, teachers and administrators need education policy experts like Jane Lincove, assistant professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, to sift through the confusion.

An expert in education policy, Lincove has devoted her career to understanding and improving the decisions states and school districts make to improve public education. Lincove has focused on the economic incentives in education, most recently, teacher incentive pay.

Seen by many as the natural evolution of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind program, Race to the Top incentive pay rewards teachers directly for their contribution to student achievement, Lincove said.


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