Recognition vs. Merit Pay
For Our Best Teachers
Why recognition programs are more meaningful and
accepted by excellent teachers versus merit pay plans
is the theme of this new book by author Hans Andrews
who has been a secondary school teacher, school
administrator and community college president.
Andrews points out, that research has found merit
pay plans to fail and be withdrawn almost universally
over the past 25-30 years. His research also found
only 50 percent of the secondary and elementary
schools and less than 50 percent of the community
colleges in the U.S. have instituted any type of
recognition for their best teachers.
Board members, teachers and their unions,
administrators and parents will find this
book provides a major pathway to
morale and student outcomes.
Is there room for both 'recognition'
and 'merit - performance pay' plans?
While some countries, U.S., U.K., and
Australia, have been moving into merit and/or
performance pay based upon improved
national or state tests, there are many
other outstanding things that teacher and
others in the school systems do beyond
producing improved student testing
In addition, counselors, librarians, special
education teachers, physical education, art,
technical and vocational educators,
music teachers and numerous others
do not necessarily fit the ‘merit –
performance pay’ mold as they do not have
national or state tests for their students.
One study of
50 percent of
did not have
of the community
"The ability to stand before
25-30 children, captivate their
attention and motivate their
desire to learn is a gift given to
a select group of people.
Watching the success and
growth of their students
motivates these individuals,
known as 'our teachers'.
Recognition, as demonstrated
in Dr. Andrews' research
provides an opportunity for
growth for all teachers in a
James R. Glazier
Principal, Caledonia, High School
greatly impact a
The book contains
numerous case studies
and practical suggestions."
Dr. William Marzano
Dean for Social Sciences,
Education and World Religion,
Waubonsee Community College,
"The debate he
(Hans Andrews) puts forward
is perennially valid and highly
relevant in the current
Australian education landscape.
A school’s employees, in this
case its teachers,
need to feel appreciated an
important to the school”
MACE, review in
College of Educators
This book looks in-depth at why
'recognition' best meets the intrinsic
needs of teachers.
One award was
a year does
school or college