Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000? asks NPR.
The average pay for U.S. teacher is about $56,000, but pay-for-performance schemes in cities such as Washington, D.C. are pushing salaries to $100,000 and higher.
Hope Harrod, a D.C. elementary teacher for 14 years, saw her pay go way up in 2010 under a new teacher evaluation system created by Michelle Rhee, then the city’s schools chancellor.
Now earning close to $100,000 under Impact Plus, Harrod feels “like I’m very much in a system that’s honoring me in a way that other systems don’t honor other teachers.”
This year, 765 D.C. teachers earn $100,000 or more, including bonuses, reports NPR.
Rather than advance teachers solely on the basis of seniority or education, the city school system rewards performance, with an evaluation system that involves classroom observations, test scores and other criteria.
. . . Essentially, the contract was a trade: more money for important concessions. Teachers agreed to competitive performance evaluations and the loss of tenure protections in return for the chance to increase their base salaries and receive bonuses.
Applications for teaching jobs have risen by 45 percent, say D.C. officials.
Some teachers oppose performance pay because they fear evaluations will be unfair and inaccurate.
“In nearly 90 percent of districts across the nation, teachers are not recognized for their effectiveness through increased compensation,” reports the Center for American Progress. a CAP report looks at 10 cities that are revamping their pay systems to reward top teachers.