Opinion: NCEA

Teachers call for performance pay

A group of expert teachers from across the country is calling for radical changes in the way teachers have traditionally been compensated, saying teachers are ready for performance-pay that truly advances student achievement and the teaching profession.

Their report, Performance-Pay for Teachers: Designing a System that Students Deserve, is the first from TeacherSolutions, an initiative of the Center for Teaching Quality to bring the views of expert teachers to bear on critical issues facing public education.

The teachers’ recommendations include replacing the traditional teacher-pay structure that rewards only seniority and advanced degrees with a comprehensive new framework that would allow all teachers to earn more through a variety of incentives as they progress from “novice” to “expert.” Incentives would be tied to student progress, relevant professional development, school and community leadership, and collaborative work, including mentoring and coaching, that extends teacher expertise beyond a single classroom.

You can access the report by visiting the Teacher Solutions webpage.