Matthew G Springer

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University

Matthew G. Springer is director of the federally-funded National Center on Performance Incentives and assistant professor of public policy and education. Professor Springer's research focuses on education policy, with a particular focus on the impact of policy innovations on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes. His current research includes studies of the impact of teacher pay for performance on student achievement and teacher turnover, mobility, and quality; the strategic resource allocation decision-making of schools in response to No Child Left Behind; the impact of school finance litigation on resource distribution; and the role of school choice in contemporary education policy.

Springer's research is funded by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Texas Education Agency. He recently served on the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education's roundtable on teacher and principal performance pay programs. He has also worked on several advisory committees charged with designing performance-based compensation systems for teachers and/or principals at the state and district level, and conducted analyses of school finance systems in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University