Key Strategies to Promote Educator Effectiveness

According to a new evaluation brief from National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE), providing educators with performance feedback and offering pay-for-performance bonuses can improve student achievement. The evaluation brief synthesizes two recent NCEE impact studies, which evaluated key strategies that can be funded through the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants and its successor program, Read more about Key Strategies to Promote Educator Effectiveness[…]

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Attracting Minorities to the Teaching Profession

Michael Hansen, Diana Quintero, and Li Feng of the Brookings Institute recently explored incentive policies that show evidence of attracting minority teachers. Excerpts from their piece appear below: Many education policymakers and practitioners across the country recognize the need to recruit and retain more racial and ethnic minorities into the teaching profession. As we’ve previously Read more about Attracting Minorities to the Teaching Profession[…]

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Performance Pay can Bring Stronger Teachers into the Classroom

Michael Hartney and Michael Jones recently published a study in Public Administration Review that explores the ability of pay-for-performance salary structures to bring stronger teachers into the classroom. The study, titled “Show WHO the money? Teaching Sorting Practices and Performance Pay across U.S. School Districts” uses data from two waves of the Schools and Staffing Read more about Performance Pay can Bring Stronger Teachers into the Classroom[…]

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Implementation and Impacts of Pay-for-Performance Across Four Years

The Institute of Education Sciences has released the fourth and final evaluation report on the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants, which were awarded in 2010 to support performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools. The report, conducted by IES’ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), provides basic implementation information Read more about Implementation and Impacts of Pay-for-Performance Across Four Years[…]

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States Wrestle With How to Get Good Teachers in All Schools

Last year, with much fanfare, the Obama administration declared that it would tackle the tricky issue of equitable teacher distribution, calling on states to revise their plans for making sure that high-poverty schools get their fair share of qualified educators. Now most states have answered the call, rewriting plans that initially stemmed from requirements in Read more about States Wrestle With How to Get Good Teachers in All Schools[…]

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Opportunity Culture Initiative Update

In 2016-17, the Opportunity Culture initiative included more than 110 schools, 1250 teachers, and 34,000 students in 17 sites across 7 states. According to the Public Impact website, Opportunity Culture schools are defined by the following characteristics: Teachers lead the way. Each Opportunity Culture school creates a team of teachers and administrators who decide what Read more about Opportunity Culture Initiative Update[…]

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Do More, Add More, Earn More

The Center for American Progress  recently released a new Education Resource Strategy report, which offers teacher salary redesign lessons from 10 first-mover districts. Effective teachers are the biggest in-school factor related to student success. Across the country, a diverse set of districts are pioneering innovative approaches to teacher compensation that reward their best teachers and Read more about Do More, Add More, Earn More[…]

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Infographic: Climbing the Career Ladder in Baltimore

There has been much talk in recent years about new incentive-based pay scales for teachers, but often the talk lacks the details to turn the talk into reality. But Baltimore City Public Schools (MD) has created a new pay ladder, and Education Week has published an interesting infographic with the details. The official name of Read more about Infographic: Climbing the Career Ladder in Baltimore[…]

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Shortchanged: The Hidden Cost of Lockstep Teacher Pay

This new report from TNTP analyzes the impact of lockstep compensation systems, which pay teachers almost exclusively based on years of experience and academic credits, and proposes paying teachers for what really matters: how hard their jobs are and how well they do them. The report shows that paying teachers without regard for their actual Read more about Shortchanged: The Hidden Cost of Lockstep Teacher Pay[…]

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August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation

Education reformers are working diligently to design new teacher compensation systems and career pathways that reward high-quality teaching, equitably distribute effective teachers, and offer opportunities for advancement without leaving the classroom. In this month’s issue brief, we explore various resources, research reports, and ideas related to teacher compensation to provide food for thought about this Read more about August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation[…]

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Bonuses for High Performing Teachers in the Worst Schools?

Vanderbilt University has recently put out a new study on teacher retention, which examined a Tennessee program that offered high-performing teachers in the state’s worst schools a $5,000 bonus to stay on another year. The program was fairly small and implementation was uneven, but researchers still found preliminary evidence of a positive effect. Middle schools Read more about Bonuses for High Performing Teachers in the Worst Schools?[…]

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Projected Statewide Impact of “Opportunity Culture” School Models

The impact of “Opportunity Culture” schools could be students gaining years of learning, and teachers earning hundreds of thousands more over their careers. In a major policy brief out, Public Impact estimates what a state would gain by implementing “Opportunity Culture” models statewide, using North Carolina as an example for analysis. Opportunity Culture models redesign Read more about Projected Statewide Impact of “Opportunity Culture” School Models[…]

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Three New Policy Briefs from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders has a running, “Ask the Team” series of briefs in which they dilute detailed research into concise and readable form. Three briefs released recently focus on performance-based compensation, tiered licensure, and alternate certification. Performance-Based Compensation: Linking Performance to Teacher Salaries  This Ask the Team brief provides current policy Read more about Three New Policy Briefs from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders[…]

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Effects of Incentives for High-performing Teachers to Transfer to Low-achieving Schools

One policy response to the challenge of attracting high-performing teachers to low-achieving schools is offering teachers monetary incentives to transfer. This report examines impacts of transfer incentives — including the willingness of teachers to transfer when offered an incentive, teacher retention in the schools to which they transferred, and the impact of transfer incentives on Read more about Effects of Incentives for High-performing Teachers to Transfer to Low-achieving Schools[…]

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Promising results from new study of DC Impact Teacher Evaluations

Thomas S. Dee, of Stanford University, and James Wyckoff, of the University of Virginia, have sparked the debate on teacher evaluations with a new working paper which suggests that DCPS’ IMPACT teacher evaluations have proven effective to increase teacher performance and student test scores. IMPACT is the most radical of various teacher incentive plans tied Read more about Promising results from new study of DC Impact Teacher Evaluations[…]

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Opportunity Culture

Teacher pay can often be the elephant in the room when it comes to discussion of the success of American education.  Many believe that increasing teacher pay, or at least providing possibilities for teachers to earn more, would encourage more high-quality candidates to enter the profession and drive up the reputation of teachers.  Others argue Read more about Opportunity Culture[…]

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