Performance Pay: Oklahoma

Retaining Effective Teachers Policy

Goal

The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.

Meets
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Performance Pay: Oklahoma results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/OK-Performance-Pay-9

Analysis of Oklahoma's policies

Oklahoma supports performance pay. Starting in 2012, school districts may implement incentive pay plans that reward teachers for increasing student and school growth in achievement. Teacher awards will be based on achieving either a superior or highly effective rating under the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE) and grade level, subject area or school level performance.

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Recommendations for Oklahoma

State response to our analysis

Oklahoma was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.

Research rationale

Research on merit pay in 28 industrialized countries from Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance found that students in countries with merit pay policies in place were performing at a level approximately one year's worth of schooling higher on international math and science tests than students in countries without such policies (2011). 

Erik Hanushek found that a teacher one standard deviation above the mean effectiveness annually generates $400,000 in student future earnings for a class size of 20. See Hanushek, Erik A. "The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality," National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 16606 (December 2010).

In addition, numerous conference papers published by the National Center on Performance Incentives reinforce the need to recognize the limitations and appropriate uses of performance pay. See: http://www.performanceincentives.org/.