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A Think Twice Review of:

Cross-Country Evidence on Teacher Pay for Performance

Think Twice - May 31, 2011

Publisher/Think Tank - Harvard program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG); also published in an abridged form in Education Next

Author(s) -

This report claims that students in nations where teachers are paid on "merit" score higher on an international achievement test.

Reviewer(s) - Mattias von Davier, Education Testing Service

Von Davier concludes that the study uses numbers that are "unreliable and invalid" and "leaves too many questions unanswered." He also found that the study compares apples and oranges, making comparisons between nations that have different standards and are socially, economically and culturally distinct. He recommends that this study not be used to guide policy.