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Summit To Approve Teacher "Pay For Performance"

September 30, 1999

"Pay for performance," which ties teachers' salaries to student achievement, is expected to be debated at the National Education Summit. A performance pay plan is expected to be approved by educators, business leaders and governors at the two-day summit, which starts today.

  • At least 10 states will test the program, although the specific states have not yet been identified.
  • Denver schools already are involved in a two-year experiment involving 10 percent of the district's teachers -- becoming the first district in the U.S. to adopt such a plan.
  • Columbus, Ohio, allows teachers to make up to an additional $500 a year if their schools meet certain goals.
  • And Minneapolis teachers agreed to a contract that ties pay to performance.

"There are 10 to 12 different places around the country where some form of this is going on," says Bob Chase, president of the National Education Association.

Source: Tamara Henry, "States to Tie Teacher Pay to Results," USA Today, September 30, 1999.


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