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From the ECS State Policy Database: Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay--Pay-for-Performance - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

What Governors Need to Know: Highlights of State Education Systems PDF - This multistate compilation includes states' number of operating districts, average students per district, per-student spending, free or reduced-price lunch eligible students, percent of K-12 revenue from state sources, state and local school revenue, full-day kindergarten requirements, compulsory school ages and more. (Kyle Zinth and Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, updated December 2010)...

Funding Diversified Teacher Compensation Systems PDF - Changing the way teachers are paid to include outcomes, such as student performance, or incentives for teaching in at-risk schools is gaining support in districts and states across the country. The process is challenging, however, and policymakers need to be aware of the various issues involved. With the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, ECS has created a series of four issue papers covering various aspects of diversified compensation systems.This first paper discusses funding issues involved in the design, piloting and implementation of diversified teacher pay systems. Examples of funding structures and sources of current systems are presented as are questions and issues policymakers need to consider if they are exploring the use of these systems in their own states and districts. (Christine Palumbo, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

Student Performance Assessment in Diversified Teacher Compensation Systems PDF - Changing the way teachers are paid to include outcomes, such as student performance, or incentives for teaching in at-risk schools is gaining support in districts and states across the country. The process is challenging, however, and policymakers need to be aware of the various issues involved. With the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, ECS has created a series of four issue papers covering various aspects of diversified compensation systems. This third paper discusses the use of student performance in teacher evaluation including value-added methods and the use of student achievement scores on standardized tests. Questions and issues policymakers need to consider if they are exploring the use of student performance in teacher evaluation are also presented. (Jeanne Kaufman, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

Teacher Evaluation in Diversified Teacher Compensation Systems PDF - Changing the way teachers are paid to include outcomes, such as student performance, or incentives for teaching in at-risk schools is gaining support in districts and states across the country. The process is challenging, however, and policymakers need to be aware of the various issues involved. With the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, ECS has created a series of four issue papers covering various aspects of diversified compensation systems. This second paper discusses various methods of evaluating teachers that are not related to student performance, such as in-class observation and evaluation of a teacher’s knowledge and skills. Examples of evaluation systems are presented as are questions and issues policymakers need to consider if they are exploring the use of these systems in their own states.. (Angela Baber, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

The Use of Diversified Compensation Systems to Address Equitable Teacher Distribution PDF - Changing the way teachers are paid to include outcomes, such as student performance, or incentives for teaching in at-risk schools is gaining support in districts and states across the country. The process is challenging, however, and policymakers need to be aware of the various issues involved. With the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, ECS has created a series of four issue papers covering various aspects of diversified compensation systems. This fourth paper in the series reviews the use of diversified compensation systems as a means to encourage quality teachers to teach in at-risk schools by highlighting promising efforts and practices and areas that are not addressed in these systems. (Anne Martin, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

A Report from the Design Team for Compensation and Career Pathways - As Denver Public Schools' Professional Compensation System (ProComp) is about to expire, a team of teachers and district staff have been designing a new system intended to improve teacher recruitment and retention, especially in hard-to-staff schools. Among the team's recommendations are larger incentives that grow over time for staff in difficult schools and more lucrative pathways for teachers moving into leadership roles. (Design Team for Compensation and Career Pathways, November 2014)...

Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation Final Report - Charged by the Iowa Legislature to help the state explore teacher leadership roles and compensation issues, the Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation came up with recommendations, some of which were: use funds strategically to enhance teacher compensation and create leadership opportunities, raise base pay from $28,000 to $35,000 over three years and incentivize teachers to teach in hard to staff subjects and high-need schools. (Iowa Department of Education, October 2012)...

The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement: De-emphasizing the Role of Master's Degrees in Teacher Compensation - This brief provides a state-by-state analysis of the nation’s investments in 'master’s bumps' whereby teachers with master’s degrees generally earn additional salary or stipends. The authors find that in just four years, the nation’s annual outlay for master’s bumps surged by 72 percent to $14.8 billion. This increase outstripped inflation many times over during the same time period. This brief dissects the nation’s sizeable investment in master’s bumps as a means of highlighting policy obstacles to a more differentiated compensation approach and provides recommendations to policymakers on steps to take toward smartly differentiated compensation for teachers. (Center for American Progress, July 2012)...

Defining Strong State Accountability Systems: How Can Better Standards Gain Greater Traction? - This report lays out the major principles of a strong state accountability system, followed by a short discussion of common accountability pitfalls, and an in‐depth analysis of seven state systems that illustrate the strengths and challenges of developing these systems. The key question the paper aims to answer: What accountability policies can states put in place to support the efficacy of the new Common Core Standards and assessments, and what should they be looking to overhaul? (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, April 2012)...

A Modern Teacher Compensation System for Wisconsin - This in-depth study details a novel alternative to traditional lock-step teacher compensation systems: giving principals more resources and discretion to reward and motivate teachers in high-performing schools. (WPRI, 2012) ...

Focus on Teacher Reform Legislation in SREB States: Tenure, Dismissal and Performance Pay Policies - This report highlights changes that SREB states made to teacher tenure, dismissal and performance pay policies in the last few years. (SREB, Nov 2011)...

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses: Final Evaluation Report - In 2007-08 New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers implemented the Performance Bonus Program in a random sample of the city's high-needs public schools to determine if student performance could be improved through school-based financial incentives. After a three year pilot, the RAND Corporation conducted a study to determine the program’s effects. Researchers found that the program did not, by itself, improve student achievement. (RAND Corporation, July 2011)...

Teacher Effectiveness and Teacher Compensation - Consideration of performance-based compensation begins with the need to define effective teaching. Level of education and years of experience, the current salary determinants for most school districts, have not shown a correlation with student achievement. Any single measure of teacher quality will have some strengths and weaknesses. In Missouri, three programs offer some type of salary enhancement for teachers: Ladue School District's knowledge- and skills-based teacher compensation, the Teacher Choice Compensation Plan for St. Louis Public Schools and the Career Ladder. (Stacey Preis, Missouri Joint Committee on Education, September 2010)...

Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) Program: Year One Evaluation Report - This report presents findings from the first-year evaluation of the Texas Educator Excellence Grant program. Schools eligible to participate had records of academic success and high percentages of economically disadvantaged students. (National Center on Performance Incentives, February, 2008) ...

Survey and Analysis of Teacher Salary Trends 2007 - The average salary for traditional public school teachers increased 4.5 percent in 2006-07 to $51,009, according to the AFT's latest teacher salary survey, marking the first time average teacher pay exceeded $50,000 and the first time since 2003 that teacher salaries surpassed the annual rate of inflation. The AFT report also includes never-before-released salary data for charter school teachers in 29 states-of the 40 that have charter schools-where the news was not as positive. The average charter school teacher salary was $41,106-nearly $10,000 less than that for traditional public school teachers. (AFT, 2007)...

An Education Initiative for the State of Utah - This is a report submitted to Utah’s K-16 Alliance from its Special Task Force on Teacher Shortages....

Quality Compensation for Teachers (Q Comp) - As of publication of this report, 50 Minnesota school districts and 54 charter schools have implemented programs or have been approved to implement Q Comp for the 2010-11 school year. Many additional districts have indicated plans to submit an application for future years....


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