Performance pay can be effective, Pinellas pilot teacher say
UPDATE AT 4:56 p.m.: The district sent us the full survey results, which we have attached below.
From the latest "Friday Update," a report to Pinellas School Board members:
Results of a survey conducted between Jan. 17 and Feb. 2 at Azalea, Bay Point, John Hopkins and Pinellas Park middle schools indicate that a majority of teachers at those sites believe a performance-based compensation system can be an effective way to reward educators who work in high needs schools. The number who agree or strongly agree with that statement at Azalea was 63 percent; at Bay Point, 59 percent; at John Hopkins, 59 percent; and at Pinellas Park, 69 percent.
Only slightly fewer agreed or strongly agreed that the Teacher Incentive Fund grant, specifically, could be a good thing for them and their schools: 54 percent at Azalea; 49 percent at Bay Point; 55 percent at John Hopkins; and 65 percent at Pinellas Park. The survey, prepared by the strategic communications firm with which the district has contracted using TIF grant funds, was administered to a total of 146 teachers to gauge their level of knowledge and attitude toward the TIF grant, which is being piloted at those four schools. Although the offices of Professional Development and Strategic Communications are still in the beginning stages of informing teachers of the grant, a surprising number reported that they are knowledgeable about it: 41 percent at Azalea; 56 percent at Bay Point; 50 percent at John Hopkins; and 73 percent at Pinellas Park. Next steps in the communication process include conversations with parents and community members, tasks that will be facilitated by Valerie Brimm, Director of Strategic Partnerships.