Incentive Pay for Teachers Is an Option


ASCD was recently cited for its support of optional incentive pay for teachers, proposed as part of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The Teacher Excellence for All Children (TEACH) Act, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, would provide incentives for getting teachers and school leaders into hard-to-staff schools. The incentives would also be tied to student and teacher performance, which would be determined through multiple measurements.

This proposal is not mandated; it is an option for those schools and states that would like to try such a program. As part of its recommendations for the reauthorization of the NCLB (PDF), ASCD has called for these incentives to be included in the law.

“It’s just good policy,” Dan Fuller, ASCD’s director of public policy, told Education Daily. “You want to get the best teachers and the best school leaders in front of the neediest students. That’s not always the case now.”

Preparing our students to be successful in work and life in the 21st century requires new approaches for doing what is best for kids. ASCD Educator Advocates understand this and have helped to convey to their legislators the importance of including provisions such as teacher incentives in the reauthorization of NCLB.

Want to support ASCD’s efforts in advocating for other sound education policies? Join Educator Advocates today.