Denver teachers approved a pay for performance plan that’s contingent on passing a $25 million tax increase.
The Denver proposal would include pay incentives for student growth, measured by improvements on state tests and by objectives agreed upon by individual teachers and principals.
Other factors for pay would be professional development, including graduate degrees and teacher evaluations. Incentives would be offered for hard-to-fill schools or subjects.
The plan is very complex, and will be difficult to implement fairly. However, Denver did complete a two-year pilot that apparently convinced teachers to drop the old seniority-and-credits system.