One working model for merit pay or performance-based compensation for teachers is the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) launched by the Milken Family Foundation in 1999. A trademark of TAP is that it ties educators’ salaries and bonuses to instructional performance and growth in student achievement.
Northwest Middle School had a problem. Students at the Salt Lake City school consistently scored abysmally in math, science and writing and students were, on average, only reading at a fourth-grade level. So three years ago, school administrators at this public school made a course correction. They instituted performance pay based on student test scores. This report discusses the results of this example of teacher pay for performance.
There is now growing interest in pay for performance plans that would reward or punish individual teachers rather than entire schools. This volume is important reading for anyone interested in that debate.