Matthew Springer


  • School finance and spending
  • School funding
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention

Matthew G. Springer is an assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and director of the federally-funded National Center on Performance Incentives. 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 recently served as the assistant secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education’s roundtable on teacher and principal performance pay programs. He has also conducted analyses of school finance systems in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina. Springer’s work has appeared in numerous journals. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Springer was a teacher and administrator at a boarding school in upstate New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Denison University and a doctorate in education finance and policy from Vanderbilt.