Performance Pay Attracts Best Teachers

Ben de Grow discusses performance-based pay systems and why they will attract the best teaching candidates, in the Greeley Tribune.

The current system, in widespread use nationally, is broken and inefficient. It’s an industrial model built for a different era. The traditional salary schedule rewards teachers strictly for seniority and completed graduate-level education courses.

Yet research consistently tells us that model doesn’t adequately reward the teachers who do the most to help students learn. In fact, it discourages some top-flight teachers from sticking with the profession — or entering in the first place.

The goal of finding a better pay system is to provide more students direct access to great teachers. If crafted correctly, performance-based compensation ultimately attracts the best and brightest into the profession and helps to keep them there.