The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
Starting in 2016, teachers will receive performance pay to link teacher performance to compensation. "Indicators of teacher performance may include improving professional skills and knowledge, classroom performance or instructional behavior and instructional outcomes. Teacher performance pay may include predetermined bonus amounts and payout criteria."
LB 1014 (2010) http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/101/PDF/Slip/LB1014.pdf
Support a performance pay plan that recognizes teachers for their effectiveness.
While it is commendable that Nebraska is considering a move toward performance-based compensation, it should guarantee a connection to student achievement and prevent local districts from basing financial incentives on other elements that may not be indicative of performance in the classroom. Further, the state should consider moving up the timeline for beginning this initiative.
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