March 21, 2008

NCEA Convention

Performance Pay

The Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) calls for pay for performance as one of its major elements. The TAP program has been implemented in 13 schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis through Project EXCEED and the plan is to implement the program in additional schools as funds become available.

TAP teachers are evaluated and rewarded based on performance standards for professional growth, classroom achievement gains and school-wide achievement gains. Student results are measured through the value-added assessment model developed by Dr. William Sanders, which determines growth in student achievement by measuring individual student progress from one year to the next, rather than just measuring one school against another.

Pay for performance, while controversial at first, has proven to be a very popular and effective incentive in the TAP Schools, and it is something that businesses, corporations and foundations are willing to step up and support.

Read more about it at: Performance Pay: A Case for Corporate and Foundation Support at

(Adapted from an article in Momentum, the Official Journal of the National Catholic Educational Association, November/December 2006. Used with permission.) †

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