The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
California supports a performance pay initiative. The state's Certified Staff Performance Incentive Act awards one-time financial incentives to teachers in underachieving schools who contribute to the significant improvement of academic performance beyond the "minimum percentage growth target." California requires that the State Board of Education establish criteria for determining the eligibility for schools to receive awards. The maximum amount of the award is $25,000. To qualify for this program, a school's aggregate score for student performance must fall below the 50th percentile on the state's performance index.
California Education Code 44650; 44651; 45028(e)
Allow districts to define criteria for performance pay plans.
California should give local districts the flexibility to define specific criteria by which performance is rewarded.
Consider expanding beyond one-time awards.
California should consider offering teachers ongoing opportunities to receive financial compensation for effective teaching.
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