Texas Teacher Incentive Plan

Terrence Stutz:

Let the classroom competition begin.
Texas’ first full-fledged attempt to reward teachers for students’ performance is under way this school year, with 1,162 public schools – 15 percent of all campuses – invited to participate in the state’s new incentive pay plan.
Schools must let the state know today if they want a piece of the merit pay pie, and few are expected to turn down an offer that could fatten teachers’ paychecks by $3,000 to $10,000 a year – if their students perform well on next spring’s state assessment.
Proposed state grants for individual schools have already been posted by the Texas Education Agency, with amounts ranging from $40,000 at many elementary schools to $295,000 for one of the largest high schools in the state.