pay links student achievement to an educator’s compensation. Performance-based
compensation systems also take into account classroom evaluations and provide
educators with incentives to take on additional roles and responsibilities.
What is MAPSA’s solution?
the summer of 2010 MAPSA applied for a grant through the U.S. Department of
Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. In
the fall, The Teacher Excellence & Academic Milestones for Students (TEAMS) project was approved as part of
a national evaluation project with some modifications to the original proposal.
The TEAMS projects will bring reform and innovation to schools through the
performance-based pay models.
What are our goals?
the TEAMS model, MAPSA will work to achieve many goals to increase overall
teacher quality. We will create an environment that is conducive to
understanding data and use data within Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
to communicate and innovate within a school culture. This will be achieved
through implementation and accomplishment of many goals, including;
- Increasing student
achievement, with in each classroom and schools as a whole,
- Increasing the
number of new-hire teachers in high-need areas retained each year,
- Establishing PLCs
in each school,
- Filling leadership
and additional responsibility roles in each participating school,
- Adopting a
working-plan and budget for school governing boards to ensure long-term sustainability,
- Ensuring school leaders
and other key staff are proficient at using the performance management
system for continuous improvement in all aspects of school operations.
was your school chosen?
chose to work with 20 Detroit-area charter schools for the TEAMS project. This
project will demonstrate that in an under-performing environment
performance-based models can work to increase student achievement.
These 20 schools will be divided
into two cohort groups. One group of 10 schools will receive an automatic 1%
of their pay for participation in this project. The other 10 schools will
receive up to 15% of their pay based on a formula which includes: assessment and observation results. The 10 schools that can receive up to 15% of their pay, also have an opportunity to earn pay for additional roles and responsibilities. Mathematica, a policy research organization, identified through random assignment the schools in each cohort.