School Board looks at options for performance-based pay
Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.
School Board members heard preliminary ideas Tuesday on how to incorporate performance-based pay, which goes into effect at the beginning of next school year.
Per the Student Success Act, passed in 2011, a portion of teachers’ pay must be based on performance starting with the 2014-15 academic year.
The act only affects teachers hired after July 1, 2011. Florida teachers hired before that date can opt into the performance pay schedule but aren’t required.
Karen Clarke, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instructional services and student support, told the board during its meeting Tuesday that her department has been looking at other school districts’ performance pay models to get a preliminary idea of what might work for Alachua County.
One idea was granting pay steps by performance rather than automatically.
Currently, Alachua County Public School teachers receive automatic pay increases of 1.5 percent each year. Each pay increase is called a step.
Based on another district’s model, Clarke floated the idea that a teacher rated “effective” on his or her principal evaluation would be granted the 1.5 percent increase and a “highly effective” teacher would receive 2 percent.
Teachers rated “unsatisfactory” would remain in the same pay grade as the previous year.
Student testing data, which school districts receive in the fall, could potentially bump teachers up to the next rating and the next pay grade after the school year begins.
Clarke stressed that this method is just one idea, and that the district needs input from the board as well as the teachers union to start making decisions.
“There’s a variety of ways it can be done,” she said. “It just depends.”
The school district will meet with the Alachua County Education Association next week to start negotiations for performance pay.
Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.