States Giving Performance Pay by Doling Out Bonuses
Alaska, Florida, and Texas latest to tie cash to student test scores.
In Texas this school year, teachers have money riding on their students’ achievement.
Up to $10,000, in fact, under a new program designed to reward high-performing teachers in high-poverty districts, and encourage other teachers to do better.
Though many states have debated changing the way teachers are paid, Texas is one of just three that have succeeded in linking compensation for individual teachers with student achievement. At the end of this school year, teachers in about 1,000 Texas schools will be eligible for cash bonuses, which will likely range from $3,000 to $10,000,...
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