Teaching Profession

State-Run School System Could Start Handing Out Big Bonuses

By The Associated Press — December 27, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Teachers and principals at schools the state has taken over could earn big bonuses if they bring the schools up to certain standards.

The Recovery School District, which is running more than 30 public schools in New Orleans, could dole out bonuses of up to $3,000 to teachers and up to $5,000 to principals under the pay-for-performance plan largely based on test scores, officials said Wednesday.

The RSD took over many poorly performing public schools in New Orleans. It has turned some over to charter organizations and is running 34 itself.

See Also

See other stories on education issues in Louisiana. See data on Louisiana’s public school system. Also read New Orleans Schools: Recovery and Reform.

Under the plan, which still needs appoval from district officials, staff at elementary schools would get the bonuses if the school posts a state performance score—which is based on test scores, attendance and dropout rates — above 60, or a state assessment index—derived from test scores that make up the bulk of the performance score—above 55.

For high schools, the district sets the bar lower, at a performance score above 50 or an assessment index above 45.

Those scores represent the minimum the state expects from all schools; any school with a performance score below 60 falls into the state’s “academically unacceptable” category. Last year, the state didn’t award RSD schools a performance score because many couldn’t produce reliable dropout and attendance data. So the state instead released the “assessment index,” based only on test scores.

The state also did not reward or sanction any schools in hurricane-affected parishes, as it had previously done under its statewide accountability system.

Under the new plan from Recovery District Superintendent Paul Vallas, principals would receive up to $5,000. Assistant principals, along with reading and math coaches, would receive up to $4,000; teachers up to 3,000; and support staff up to $1,500 if the school achieves a certain performance score or assessment index. The state also plans a slightly lower scale of bonuses for schools that show at least 10 points of improvement, but only if the gains push the school’s score above 45 for elementary schools and above 40 for high schools.

Related Tags:

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Assessment Webinar
The State of Assessment in K-12 Education
What is the impact of assessment on K-12 education? What does that mean for administrators, teachers and most importantly—students?
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Student Well-Being Webinar
Centering the Whole Child in School Improvement Planning and Redesign
Learn how leading with equity and empathy yield improved sense of belonging, attendance, and promotion rate to 10th grade.

Content provided by Panorama
Teaching Profession Webinar Examining the Evidence: Supports to Promote Teacher Well-Being
Rates of work dissatisfaction are on the rise among teachers. Grappling with an increased workload due to the pandemic and additional stressors have exacerbated feelings of burnout and demoralization. Given these challenges, what can the

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Teaching Profession Meet the 4 Finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year
The four finalists hail from Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and were recognized for their dedication to student learning.
5 min read
National Teacher of The Year nominees
From left to right: Whitney Aragaki, Autumn Rivera, Kurt Russell, and Joseph Welch
Teaching Profession What Happens When Teachers Are Out of Sick Days?
We asked EdWeek's social media followers to share their school policies on COVID-related sick leave. Here’s how they responded. 
Marina Whiteleather
2 min read
Female at desk, suffering from flu symptoms like fever, headache and sore throat at her workplace
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Teaching Profession Explainer: Why Are Chicago Schools, Teachers' Union Fighting?
The issue that caused the most chaos in the roughly 350,000-student district was when and how to revert to remote learning.
3 min read
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters stage a car caravan protest outside City Hall in the Loop, Wednesday evening, Jan. 5, 2022. Chicago school leaders canceled classes in the nation’s third-largest school district for the second straight day after failing to reach an agreement with the teachers union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols. (Ashlee Rezin /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Teaching Profession Some Teachers Are Running Out of Sick Days, and Administrators Are Hesitant to Help
With a shortage of substitutes and pressure to stay open, administrators are reluctant to extend paid time off for teachers with COVID.
13 min read
Professional male social distancing or self quarantining inside a coronavirus pathogen.
iStock/Getty Images Plus