More money for top Seattle teachers

Jan 6, 2011, 2:42 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

The Seattle School District has decided how to spend the teacher incentive money it’s received from the federal government.

Seattle is the first district in Washington state to receive a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It has $12.5 million to spend over the next five years. Last night’s board meeting outlined how some of that money will distributed to teachers.

In the private sector, the funds would be considered performance bonuses, but in public education they call it a “stipend.” There will be a stipend of $2,500 per year for teachers who receive the highest ratings and student growth. A stipend of $2,000 goes to teachers who meet evaluation requirements, and $2,000 for principals based on performance. There is also a one-time $10,000 stipend available for principals who achieve high student growth and accept assignment to one of Seattle’s more challenged schools.

Seattle has a bonus plan for its best educators. Demonstration teachers could earn up to an extra $2,500 a year. Mentors have the potential to earn a stipend of $3,500. Master teachers can make up to an additional $5,200 a year depending on their own performance and willingness to help other teachers boost their skills. Principals could again earn a student achievement bonus of $10,000 depending on student growth – based on test scores – in their schools.

While the district has a plan in place to evaluate teachers , they don’t have a tool in place yet to rate principals.

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More money for top Seattle teachers