Suppose that you are an advisor to the Governor of Michigan. The governor is trying to decide
whether to sign a bill that will implement a teacher incentive pay program. The program will pay math and
reading teachers with individual valueadded
scores in the top 10% of all teachers in the state $5,000 per
year. Using your external sources, provide the governor with summary of what we know about how
effective, or ineffective, teacher incentives are at improving student performance. Then discuss the potential
benefits and costs of implementing the proposed incentive program. Finally, provide the governor with a
recommendation of whether or not he should sign the bill. With your recommendation make sure to clearly
describe how you weigh the conflicting empirical evidence and potential costs and benefits in coming to
Directions: Provide a written essay of 600 to 1000 words that answers the question below. You must draw upon at least four
sources and make sure to provide a reference list (including references to course readings used in the essay). The
reference list does not count towards your word requirement.
These sources include our course readings, books, and articles published in academic journals. You may also use popular
press outlets like newspapers and magazines in your essay but these will not count towards your four required references
(though you should still include them in your reference list). You may not use any additional writings such as blog postings,
Wikipedia, or websites (other than those from news organizations) in your essay.
In your essay, when referring to the reference material make sure that you cite your sources. This can be done in text with
the author’s name and publication date in parentheses at the end of a sentence.
For example, “Research has found that people are grumpy when the temperature drops below 10 degrees (Johnson,
Quotations should be used sparingly if at all. When in doubt it is better to paraphrase than use a quote.
If you do feel you need to quote a source then the quoted text should not exceed one sentence. Keep in mind that in
keeping with the College of Social Science’s Tier II writing requirement, in addition to the substance of your essay grammar
and writing style will compose a portion of your grade
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