The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
Texas supports performance pay. The state's Campus Incentive Plan is "designed to reward teachers who have a positive impact on improving student achievement." Teachers are eligible for an incentive payment if they "demonstrate success in improving student achievement using objective, quantifiable measures, such as local benchmarking systems, portfolio assessments, end-of-course assessments and value-added assessments." Teachers must also collaborate with other faculty in an effort to improve overall student achievement. Incentive awards may not be less than $3,000 or more than $10,000.
The state's District Awards for Teacher Excellence (DATE) grant provides awards to teachers and principals who effectively improve student achievement as determined by meaningful, objective measures; provides stipends and awards to other district employees and supports professional development and builds data capacity. Sixty percent of funds awarded to classroom teachers and principals must be based on measures of student achievement, growth and/or improvement. The remaining funds may be used for awards to other personnel, stipends for mentors or funds to support district data capacity or professional development.
Texas Education Code 21.654; 21.656; 21.702 - 705 District Awards for Teacher Excellence (DATE) http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5248
Texas was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.