The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
North Carolina does not support performance pay. The state does not have any policies in place that offer teachers additional compensation based on evidence of effectiveness.
Support a performance pay plan that recognizes teachers for their effectiveness.
Whether it implements the plan at the state or local level, North Carolina 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.
North Carolina recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. North Carolina also pointed out that local districts may use Race to the Top funds to provide performance-based pay, which recognizes teachers for their effectiveness. The state added that its largest school district has piloted a performance-based pay model and that its Race to the Top proposal contains a reference to this district flexibility.