Merit pay for teachers is proving popular in Denver, opines the Christian Science Monitor.
One triumph for this accountability tool is that hundreds of additional teachers have applied to work at the city’s worst schools, drawn by new higher pay. And even though teachers already on the payroll didn’t have to participate in the “ProComp” bonus pay program, nearly half have signed up. (Those hired since 2006 are automatically enrolled.)
Denver administrators and union leaders are working on a plan to link test score gains to bonuses while supporting teacher collaboration. Other cities may follow Denver’s model.