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Continued: Readers Write: (Nov. 21): Sex offenders, roads and transit, Q Comp

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Headline poorly stated our research findings

The headline and summary for a Nov. 16 article about our study of Q Comp (“Pay plan gets poor report card: A study says Minnesota’s $450 million teacher compensation option has had little measurable impact on student achievement”) missed the story. We found that Q Comp participation increased students’ reading achievement, creating a boost equivalent to one additional month of student progress each year. It cost $260 per student per year. This is less than one-third the average cost of a month of schooling for Minnesota students. We estimate a 5-to-1 benefit-cost ratio and conclude the program creates positive social returns. If anyone wants to sell us $5 for $1, we’ll buy.

Aaron Sojourner, Elton Mykerezi and KRISTINE L. WEST


The writers are economics professors.

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