The Evolution of the Teacher Incentive Fund Program

Performance-based Compensation and/or Salary Schedule
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Jackson Miller
Matthew Finster
Richard Adrien
Bob Harmon
Julia Koppich
Amy Potemski
Maureen Yoder

Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) has awarded four cohorts of TIF grants to states, school districts, and charter schools across the country. All four cohorts maintained the basic requirement that grantees build performance-based compensation systems (PBCS) that provided performance  incentives, usually through the provision of bonuses or, in later cohorts, base salary increases, that were based in significant part on educators' effect on student achievement. However, the program has evolved from one that sought to improve teacher quality primarily through the provision of financial incentives to one that takes a more comprehensive approach to developing, supporting, and retaining a high- quality educator  workforce. As part of this evolution, the Department created more rigorous requirements that included the establishment of PBCS and multiple-measure educator evaluation systems that formed the basis of a coherent human capital management structure that informed decisions on hiring, induction, professional development, compensation, and retention. This brief demonstrates the evolution of TIF by telling the stories of four TIF grantees that have successfully adapted and sustained their programs.

Case Study
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Miller, J., Finster, M., Adrien, R., Harmon, B., Koppich, J., Potemski, A., & Yoder, M. (2015). The evolution of the teacher incentive fund program. Retrieved from
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