Performance-Based Compensation: Design and Implementation at Six Teacher Incentive Fund Sites

Performance-Based Compensation: Design and Implementation at Six Teacher Incentive Fund Sites

Performance-based compensation for teachers works best as part of a comprehensive approach to improving teaching and learning that includes broad stakeholder involvement, a report from the Joyce and Bill & Melinda Gates foundations finds. The study, Performance-Based Compensation: Design and Implementation at Six Teacher Incentive Fund Sites (46 pages, PDF), examined preliminary data from six of the thirty-three grantees of the federal government's Teacher Incentive Fund, focusing on how the compensation systems are implemented, and found indicators of enhanced student achievement, wide stakeholder support, improvements in recruitment and retention, and positive changes in school cultures. Based on interviews with practitioners involved in the projects, the report highlights common elements of success, including creating "teacher leader" positions to provide school-based support, evaluation, and oversight. In addition, practitioners highlighted the value of state and district funding programs and staff positions and aligning policies.