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The Exceptional Results of Sensible Teacher Salary Reform


Published April 17, 2024

In 2016, Dallas Independent School District revolutionized teacher pay by introducing a groundbreaking system that rewards effectiveness and incentivizes top educators to teach in underperforming schools. The results were extraordinary and emphasize the transformative power of attracting and retaining high-quality teachers. This innovative approach to teacher compensation offers a promising path forward for school districts nationwide, ensuring that excellent educators receive the recognition they deserve while providing students with the top-tier education they need to succeed.

You can find the research paper, "Attracting and Retaining Highly Effective Educators in Hard-to-Staff Schools" by Eric Hanushek, Andrew Morgan, Minh Nguyen, Ben Ost, and Steven Rivkin here.

Check Out More from Eric Hanushek:

  • Watch "Education Lessons from the Pandemic" from Eric Hanushek's discussion at the Hoover Instution's Policy Boot Camp here.
  • Watch "How to Reverse Pandemic-Related Learning Losses" with Eric Hanushek here.  
  • Read "A Global Perspective on US Learning Losses" by Eric Hanushek and Bradley Strauss here.


The opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hoover Institution or Stanford University. © 2024 by the Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University.