Good Morning Superintendent Schulte,
My name is Gary Ritter and I am a Professor of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. My colleague, Joshua Barnett, and I noticed that you cited our article on your blog on October 11. (http://sdjsuper.blogspot.no/2013/10/when-merit-pay-is-worth-pursuing.html).
We have received an email from a member of your community who I believe was a teacher asking about the possible peer review and for critiques of our work. We sent the following:
"The study that we referred to in that Educational Leadership essay is described more clearly in Joshua Barnett's dissertation and then further examined in an article in the peer-reviewed book linked here: "http://www.amazon.com/Performance-Incentives-Growing-American-Education/dp/0815780796"
For a critique of our study that expresses the concern that our data do not allow us to fully control for the differences between intervention schools and control schools, click here: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED502254
Finally, we recommended to the teacher (and to anyone else who may be interested in a more general discussion on the issue of merit pay) a book written by Dr. Barnett and myself (linked here):
I think that our book is written in a reasonably straightforward and user-friendly way. We'd be happy to talk with you more about merit pay if your district chooses to go further down this path. I hope this is helpful and thanks for referring to our article.
University of Arkansas
Joshua H. Barnett is Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University; 602-543-6344; firstname.lastname@example.org.