Denver teachers choose merit pay

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.

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Comments

  1. It isn’t much of an article or much of a statement about merit pay. The only fact in the story is “And even though teachers already on the payroll didn’t have to participate in the “ProComp” bonus pay program, nearly half have signed up”, which means the majority of te veteren teachers have chosen not to.

  2. In addition, those who were hired after 2006 have no choice, they must participate. I don’t see how Joanne can claim Denver teachers are choosing merit pay when more than half have chosen not to, and the rest have no choice.