A Google-alert and a marketing e-mail led me to these two stories on teacher pay, performance incentives, and teacher-led instructional improvement:
Education Week News - Bethesda,MD,USA
The program uses the value-added information to dole out salary awards to teachers and schools that have performed better than the state average over three ...
Ongoing Applied Professional GrowthTAP restructures the school schedule to provide time during the regular school day for teachers to meet, learn, plan, mentor and share with other teachers, so they can constantly improve the quality of their instruction and hence, increase their students' academic achievement. This allows teachers to learn new instructional strategies and have greater opportunity to collaborate, both of which will lead them to become more effective teachers.
Today, Manhattan Institute scholars Jay P. Greene and Marcus Winters released a new report entitled "How Much Are Teachers Paid?". Greene and Winters use data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to compile information on the hourly pay of public school teachers nationally and in 66 metropolitan areas. The authors compare the reported hourly income of the public school teachers to those of workers in similar professions; and analyze whether there is a relationship between higher relative pay for public school teachers and higher student achievement as measured by high school graduation rates.
* The average public school teacher in the U.S. earned $34.06 per hour in 2005
* The average public school teacher was paid 36% more per hour than the average non-sales white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty and technical worker
* Public school teachers are paid 61% more per hour than private school teachers, on average nationwide
* Increasing public school teacher pay is not related to higher graduation rates