Pay as You Grow

Will performance bonuses for teachers fix Texas schools?

TEACHER INCENTIVE PAY has replaced block scheduling and wired classrooms as the newest rage in the state’s public schools. So what’s the plan?
Actually, there are two plans. The first is called the Governor’s Educator Excellence Awards Program, which Rick Perry created by executive order with much ballyhoo last November. It provided $10 million to schools that have a high percentage of economically disadvantaged or at-risk students and show improvement on standardized tests like the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). For teachers, the bonuses range from $3,000 to $10,000.

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