Paying teachers based on their performance: US models examined for their relevance to Canada



    KELOWNA, BC, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - A groundbreaking report released this week
documents six teacher compensation models in the United States which pay
teachers by using factors such as:

    
    -   Rewarding individuals and teams of teachers who raise student
        achievement
    -   Rewarding teachers who accept challenging assignments in high-needs
        schools
    -   Rewarding teachers who improve their skills through professional
        development
    

    Beyond the Grid: A Canadian Look at the Terrain of Teacher Compensation
is based on a review of six teacher compensation programs operating at the
district, state, and national levels south of the border. Authors place this
analysis in the Canadian context through exploring the opinions of parents,
teachers and principals on performance-based compensation and associated
evaluation practices.
    Commissioned by the Society for the Advancement of Excellence in
Education (SAEE), this report finds that despite the growing number of
experiments with performance pay for teachers in the US, the evaluation
literature remains quite limited and inconclusive. However, models examined in
this study demonstrate a variety of approaches taken to incorporate
system-wide reform linked with financial bonuses. A clear message from
Canadian principals, teachers and parents is that a range of issues need to be
tackled simultaneously including building professional development capacities
in schools, evaluating levels of teaching effectiveness on factors wider than
student achievement on tests, and ensuring leadership is adequately supported.
    The findings of this report inform current perspectives and aim to
stimulate further dialogue and investigation.

    The Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education is an
independent non-profit research organization and registered Canadian charity.
The mission of the Society is to encourage excellence in public education
through the provision of research to inform policy and practice.

    To view report, see:
http://www.saee.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=748&Itemid=63
    Or go to www.saee.ca and click on Completed Research





For further information:

For further information: Elizabeth Bredberg, PhD, ebredberg@saee.ca,
(250) 717-1163, Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education (SAEE),
www.saee.ca

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