Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
Delaware does not support performance pay. The state does not have any policies in place that offer teachers additional compensation based on evidence of effectiveness. However, the state's plans for the future include tying compensation to teacher effectiveness.
Delaware Education Plan Overview (Oct 2010) http://www.doe.k12.de.us/rttt/files/DEEducationPlanOverview.pdf
Support a performance pay plan that recognizes teachers for their effectiveness.
Whether it implements the plan at the state or local level, Delaware should ensure that performance pay structures thoughtfully measure classroom performance and connect student achievement to teacher effectiveness. The plan must be developed with careful consideration of available data and subsequent issues of fairness.
Consider piloting performance pay in a select number of school districts.
This would provide an opportunity to discover and correct any limitations in available data or methodology before implementing the plan on a wider scale.
Delaware referred to its response to Goal 4-E, describing the state's Race to the Top program.