Moving High-Performing Teachers: Implementation of Transfer Incentives in Seven Districts

Publisher: Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Apr 30, 2012
Steven Glazerman, Ali Protik, Bing-ru Teh, Julie Bruch, and Neil Seftor

Key Findings:

  • 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.
By offering $20,000 per teacher, seven school districts piloting a transfer-incentive strategy, known as the Talent Transfer Initiative (TTI), filled 90 percent of their targeted vacancies in hard-to-staff schools with some of the districts' highest-performing teachers. A new study highlights the implementation experience and intermediate impacts of TTI, which is intended to expand disadvantaged students' access to the most effective teachers. Previous research conducted by Mathematica shows that, on average, low-income middle school students are significantly less likely to have access to the highest-performing teachers.

Talent Transfer Initiative: Attracting and Retaining High-Performing Teachers in Low-Performing Schools


U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Evaluation

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