Update on teacher merit pay project in Pinellas
From the latest "Friday Update" newsletter to Pinellas school board members:
A cross-functional team from Human Resources, Professional Development and Strategic Communications met with PCTA leadership Tuesday to begin crafting language for a memorandum of understanding that will allow the district to follow the requirements of its Teacher Incentive Fund grant.
Using MOUs and established pay for performance compensation plans from districts that are in earlier cohorts of the TIF grant, the team sketched out criteria for eligibility requirements such as who should be eligible for performance based compensation at the four TIF schools included in the grant (Azalea, Bay Point, John Hopkins and Pinellas Park middle schools); whether or not to include an opt-out provision; the time period an individual must be working at one of the schools in order to receive performance based compensation; and determination of a threshold based on summative evaluation ratings. The team agreed on the need for clear definitions of terms such as “itinerant” and “prorated,” and on the importance of including the definitions in the communications plan that will be shared with principals. As a next step, HR Senior Compensation Analyst Shelley Specht will create a draft MOU outline that reflects what was discussed at the meeting; union leadership will send the draft back with suggested additional language. In the meantime, another meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, where participants, including Research & Accountability staff, will begin the process of analyzing student data from the four TIF schools in an effort to begin establishing payout thresholds. The goal is to have the “who, what, and when” for teachers when they return to their classrooms next month.
More background here.