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Pasco eSchool teachers all make the max in performance pay pilot



With new performance pay requirements looming, Pasco County decided to test a model last year on its eSchool teachers.

They'd get 95 percent of their contracted pay as a base. They'd earn the next 5 percent once 80 percent of their students successfully completed their courses. This goal was significant because in the previous year, the eSchool's completion rate was 78.8 percent.

"We wanted to raise the bar, but not completely out of the realm of possibility," administrator JoAnne Glenn said. 

Then, for each additional percentage point of students passing, teachers would get an additional 1 percent bonus up to 5 percent extra. The emphasis on finished courses comes from the fact that the state pays districts for students in online programs only after they've passed them.

In the end, all 10 of the eSchool's full-time teachers and all nine adjunct instructors got the maximum 105 percent of pay. The eSchool's overall course completion rate came in at 95 percent, Glenn said. Question if you like whether the students actually are doing the work: Glenn said teachers have plenty of opportunities to determine whether the kids truly understand the material. 

Changes to Florida law will require the eSchool to change its performance pay model at some point. For now, at least, Glenn expected the current system to remain in place through ongoing contract negotiations.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:35am]


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