In an effort to keep teachers in classrooms longer especially in hard-to staff schools, many districts across the country are experimenting with incentive programs. But does offering teachers more money make them less likely to leave the profession?
To answer this question, several studies have examined whether or not financial incentive increase teacher retention. The results are mixed—in some cases, incentive programs reduced attrition, but in others, there was no difference at the district or school level. In a few cases, there was actually an increase in teacher turnover.
It may be that teachers are motivated by factors beyond paychecks, including for example principal characteristics and school environment.
Read more at The Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet.