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Pay for Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver's ProComp Plan

reviewed by Donald B. Gratz - February 22, 2008

coverTitle: Pay for Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver's ProComp Plan
Author(s): Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792431, Pages: 192, Year: 2007
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In 1999, the Denver school board proposed paying teachers based on the test scores of their students.  The teachers union did not favor this plan, but several months of negotiations led to Denver’s nationally watched Pay for Performance pilot. The pilot, run by a joint labor-management team, lasted for four years. During the second half of the pilot, the district and union formed a second labor-management team to develop the four-part Professional Compensation plan (ProComp) that the district eventually adopted. That plan considers student achievement, teacher demonstrations of classroom skill, teacher willingness to teach in hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-fill positions, and a supervisory evaluation. It was approved by teachers in 2004 and by the public in 2005.   I spent several early years working in Denver for the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC), the outside technical assistance provider for the pilot. In December of 2006, having worked on and written... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 22, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15022, Date Accessed: 4/21/2021 6:02:18 AM

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  • Donald Gratz
    Curry College
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    DONALD B. GRATZ is Professor of Education and Director of the Masterís program at Curry College in Milton, Mass. He is also Chair of the Needham, Mass. school board. Previously, he spent a decade as Director of National School Reform for the Community Training & Assistance Center (CTAC), during which time he led the research team for the first half of Denverís Pay for Performance Pilot. He has published commentary and research on the Denver pilot, and on issues of assessment and accountability. His forthcoming book on the history, pitfalls and possibilities of performance pay will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Education.
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