Merit Pay from All Corners

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Make sure to check out the newest edition of Education Next, which offers up a triple-threat of articles on teacher pay. The journal tapped three experts, asking them to lay out their specific recommendations for successful pay reforms. Lew Solmon, head of the Milken Foundation’s TAP program, not surprisingly advocates for TAP's approach which bases teacher pay on classroom effectiveness, and pairs it with incentives for teaching in hard-to-staff areas and taking on greater responsibility in the operation of the school. Brad Jupp, architect of Denver’s performance pay project, sees his program as a compromise along the road to a fully-realized system of merit pay, citing the widespread acceptance for this initial effort among Denver teachers as evidence that the profession is eager for salary innovation. And finally, researcher Julia Koppich argues for creating a compensation system that combines peer reviews and value-added testing.