Friday, October 25, 2013

Response to Blog "When Merit Pay is Worth Pursuing"

Gary Ritter, author of the article cited in my blog, of Friday, October 11, 2013 titled "When Merit Pay is Worth Pursuing", wanted to comment and respond to an e-mail he received regarding the blog posting. Below is his e-mail to me:

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. (

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: ""

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:

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.

Gary Ritter
University of Arkansas

Joshua H. Barnett is Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University;
Gary W. Ritter is Director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville;

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