Transfer Incentives for High-Performing Teachers: Results from a Multisite Randomized Experiment
- TTI increased test scores in elementary schools, but not in middle schools.
- Most TTI teachers stayed on the job even after payments ended.
- Compared with similar interventions, TTI was more cost-effective.
This study, a multisite randomized experiment looks at the Talent Transfer Initiative, which offers a $20,000 incentive to high-performing teachers to move to low-performing schools. The intervention had positive effects on student test scores in math and reading in elementary schools—the equivalent of a 4 to 10 percentile point increase.