News in Brief
Houston Pays Bonuses for Boosting Scores
The Houston Independent School District has distributed a record total of $31.4 million in performance bonuses to more than 15,000 employees for raising test scores last year.
The payout Jan. 28 is the most distributed since the controversial performance-pay system was launched three years ago, district officials said. Last year, the payout was about $24 million.
The Houston bonus system is among the largest in the country and was unanimously approved by the school board in 2006 over objections from teacher groups.
Almost 90 percent of the eligible employees, including teachers, principals, aides, custodians and clerks, received bonuses this year. Those who teach core subjects—English, math, reading, and science—have the greatest bonus potential.
Vol. 28, Issue 20, Page 4
Get more stories and free e-newsletters!
- Assistant Professor of Special Education, Visual Impairments
- University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, PA
- SAU #88 Lebanon School District, West Lebanon, NH
- Vice President -Curriculum & Instruction
- Discovery Communications, Silver Spring, MD
- Project Director - Boston Academic Strategy
- TNTP, Boston, MA
- Executive Director
- Sturgis Charter Public School, Multiple Locations