ERIC Number: ED378163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Reflecting on Ten Years of Incentive Programs: The 1993 SREB Career Ladder Clearinghouse Survey.
Cornett, Lynn M.; Gaines, Gale F.
This paper reflects on the evolution of teacher performance incentive policies and draws conclusions from 10 years of monitoring trends in performance incentive policies, from the explosion of interest in career ladder plans in the mid-1980s through teacher and school incentive programs tied to comprehensive restructuring initiatives in the early 1990s. The paper examines state policy, teacher perspectives, teacher evaluation, and evidence of results. The analysis is presented in a chronological format, beginning in the early 1980s when incentive programs were developed in response to the perceived need to reward superior teaching. It explores funding issues that were faced by incentive programs as state budgets tightened. It discusses the trend to focus on rewarding teachers for what they produce--what students learn. Variations in state actions, which increased or decreased support for career ladder and incentive programs, are documented. Analysis of each state is then presented individually, documenting program initiatives and financial support. A list of state contacts concludes the document. (JDD)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Incentives, Job Performance, Merit Pay, Personnel Policy, Recognition (Achievement), Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Surveys, Trend Analysis
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.