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August 21, 2018
Support for boosting teacher pay is at a 10-year high, new survey finds
After a year of teacher protests, an increasing number of Americans think teachers should be paid more, according to a new national survey. Sixty-seven percent…
the merit of merit pay
January 2, 2018
Big new study finds that performance bonuses for teachers boost test scores (a bit)
A new study shows that performance-based bonuses for teachers boosts student achievement.
October 17, 2017
Teacher pay raises on schedule in Memphis despite possible changes to evaluation scores
Memphis teachers will start receiving their performance-based salary increases in November, even though evaluation scores could change for at least 587 educators.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
March 16, 2017
Hopson wants to raise teacher salaries, but who will get them is still under debate
The superintendent wants to base raises on teacher evaluations, but union leaders want some inequities in the compensation structure corrected first.
'aspirational ice cream'
March 18, 2016
Principals and AP’s earned $6.9M last year in bonuses tied to evaluations
More than 330 principals and nearly 660 AP's received bonuses, which were based on principal evaluations instead of school ratings.
October 21, 2015
Fewer Tennessee districts opt for teacher merit pay
Some school systems are moving away from paying teachers based on their evaluations — four years after receiving permission to tie teacher pay to their performance.
January 21, 2014
Cuomo budget: Funds for pre-K, technology, and merit pay
Few of Cuomo's education priorities are a surprise, but his budget proposal adds new details and dollar amounts to ideas that he's been floating for weeks.
January 8, 2014
New York City officials cool to Cuomo's teacher merit pay proposal
When he proposed it in 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's merit pay plan didn't earn much support from city officials.
December 24, 2013
Sloan Foundation honors seven city math and science teachers
For the fifth straight year, the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation gave city teachers awards for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. The honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and then selected by a committee made up of representatives from local science museums and universities, based on their students’ achievement, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their efforts to promote math and science inside and outside the classroom. Schools with winning teachers each received $2,500 to support their math and science programs, and the teachers took home $5,000. Here are this year’s recipients, along with a highlight about each that we pulled from longer biographies compiled by the Sloan Awards. (Here are last year’s winners, and 2011’s.) Teacher: Eloise Thompson Subject: College Algebra/Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bedford Park, Bronx Why her school thinks she’s great: Thompson, the youngest of 14 children, attended Bronx schools herself and now has developed a reputation at a struggling school for connecting personally with her students.
October 4, 2013
Dougco candidates debate merit-based pay, morale
A clear split emerged between candidates at Thursday night’s Douglas County school board race debate between candidates who supported current board actions and those who would like to see the pace of change slowed.
February 27, 2013
Hinting at education platform, GOP's Joe Lhota backs merit pay
A screenshot from the Daily News' livestream coverage. Joe Lhota wants to bring performance-based pay for teachers to New York City finally and he thinks he can convince a union that's long been opposed to the idea. Making his debut on education in a forum hosted by the New York Daily News last night, Lhota said he would seek to replicate Newark's new merit pay system if he became mayor. He hailed the Bloomberg administration's record on education and aligned himself with the mayor on policies of closing low-performing schools and supporting charter schools. But he said the Bloomberg legacy was incomplete. "The one piece that's missing is working with the union for merit pay and changing their approach," Lhota said in an interview after the forum.
February 25, 2013
As evaluations impasse grinds on, a new way to reward teachers
The Department of Education's new awards program will recognize ten top teachers this spring. New York City might not have a new teacher evaluation system yet, but new efforts are underway nonetheless to reward the city's best teachers. The Department of Education announced today the creation of the "Big Apple Awards" program to identify and honor teachers who make an "exceptional impact" on student performance. Ten teachers will win cash prizes and classroom grants when the winners are announced in June. In a statement today, Chancellor Dennis Walcott encouraged parents, administrators, students, educators, and community members to nominate teachers. Teachers can also nominate themselves. Top nominees will be invited to submit formal applications, and department officials will visit the finalists' classrooms before selecting the winners. The new model of rewarding a small number of teachers based on community nominations is a far cry from the merit pay system the Bloomberg administration had hoped to be implementing by now.
December 4, 2012
Schools and teachers collect prizes for math, science instruction
PHOTO: Scott ElliottMichelle Persaud of Murry Bergtraum High School of Business Careers is one of seven math and science teachers to win an annual award for their work. A leading nonprofit thinks one of the city's very best science teachers works at one of the city's most struggling high schools, and it's putting its money where it's mouth is. For the fourth straight year, the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are giving city teachers awards for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. One of the seven winners is Michelle Persaud, whose school, Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in Manhattan, received a "D" from the city last week. The honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and then selected by a committee made up of representatives from local science museums and universities, based on their students’ achievement, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their efforts to promote math and science inside and outside the classroom. Schools with winning teachers each receive $2,500 to support their math and science programs. They are honoring their winning teachers in a series of assemblies today and Wednesday, and the teachers will receive their prizes — $5,000 to $7,500 each — at an award ceremony on Wednesday. Here are this year’s recipients, along with a highlight about each that we pulled from longer biographies compiled by the Sloan Awards:
March 27, 2012
Teacher group: Reward top-rated teachers with more pay, duties
Sketch of a teacher "career ladder" from Educators 4 Excellence's new report on teacher pay. (Click to enlarge) Teachers should be paid more — but they should have to prove their value before getting big raises or better positions. That's a central idea of a paper about teacher pay released today by the teacher advocacy group Educators 4 Excellence. The group convened a 16-teacher policy team last fall to study past and current experiments in teacher pay, survey city teachers about their views, and come up with recommendations about how to change the way city teachers are paid. Currently, city teachers earn a starting salary of $45,530 and see their pay rise in small increments each year and as they accumulate additional credentials such as a master's degree. Large salary jumps come late in teachers' careers or when they move into administrative positions. The group's recommendations include increasing the starting salary by a third; creating a "career ladder" so teachers can be rewarded for strong performance without leaving the classroom; introducing bonuses for teachers who receive top ratings on new teacher evaluations; and paying more to draw teachers to hard-to-staff subjects, such as science or special education. Educators 4 Excellence is aligned with school reform groups that have battled the teachers union in the past, and some of the group's previous reports have influenced city and state policy proposals. But the teacher pay report does not side neatly with either Mayor Bloomberg or the UFT. It does not call for merit pay tied to student test scores, which Bloomberg has supported and the city teachers union has said it would never accept, nor does it support Bloomberg's recent proposal to offer permanent pay raises to teachers who earn top ratings on new evaluations. But it also does not call for union-backed school-wide bonuses of the type distributed under a city program that was aborted after it did not lead to increases in student performance. "We are not interested in replicating failed experiments. As teachers, we already work hard, and we know that more pay will not make us work harder," reads the report. "But we do want to be recognized for our successes. We want to build up our supply of excellent teachers by recruiting and retaining professionals who might otherwise choose other fields."
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