ERIC Number: ED217518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Achievement as Part of an Incentive Pay Plan for Teachers.
An incentive pay plan for teachers was implemented in the Houston (Texas) Independent School District in the 1979-80 school year. The "outstanding educational progress" (OEP) component of the plan was based on student performance on standardized tests. Schools were grouped to allow students of similar socioeconomic backgrounds to be compared on test performance. Only schools scoring at or above the median score for their group were eligible. After the first year of implementation, concerns of teachers triggered a study aimed at revamping the OEP component of the plan. A survey of 208 teachers and 182 faculty advisory committees showed that the OEP component is perceived positively by those at schools that were eligible for the OEP stipend and negatively by those at schools that were ineligible. Based on the findings, a new plan was developed that uses regression analysis to predict academic achievement growth. An equation using a number of factors can be used to reliably predict a school's test scores. The predicted scores allow each school to compete against itself as opposed to matching schools of similar socioeconomic status against each other. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).