Despite the rising profile of pay-for-performance plans, there is no consensus among school leaders that such a compensation system for teachers and other district employees is workable, a survey of school administrators suggests.
In the June survey, conducted by the American Association of School Administrators and completed online by 536 administrators from 45 states, 44 percent of the respondents said they had a “moderate to strong” interest in exploring the use of a pay-for-performance program for individual teachers, 46 percent said they would be interested in using it to reward groups of teachers, and 44 percent reported being interested in a pay-for-performance initiative that would reward all teachers. Respondents were allowed to rate their interest at each of the three levels.
Respondents favored plans involving all educators.
SOURCE: American Association of School Administrators
More than 20 percent of the respondents said they had no interest in a pay-for-performance program at any level in their districts.
Officials with the AASA said the survey was meant to gauge support for introducing performance measures, such as student achievement, into compensation systems for teachers and other district employees. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said that any such system should apply to all educators, including principals and administrators.
A version of this article appeared in the July 15, 2009 edition of Education Week