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Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education

This brief outlines some simple methods that Teacher Incentive Fund grants could add to their local evaluations to find out how well they are promoting attainment of the four overall TIF goals. The methods described in this brief can help grantees determine if they are moving toward improving effectiveness, student achievement, and equity. Grantees can use simple comparisons over time and, in some cases, comparisons to external standards such as statewide or district-wide trends to see whether measures of the key TIF goals are at least moving in the right direction. Grantees can also use their TIF evaluations to collect information about whether the number of effective teachers teaching poor, minority, and disadvantaged students in hard-to-staff subjects has increased. Last, surveys, interviews, and focus groups done as part of TIF program evaluations provide an opportunity to assess the support of educators for sustaining performance-based compensation and other human capital management activities the TIF grant has supported. This information is also likely to be important when making a case for sustaining important elements of TIF and for deciding which elements should be priorities for sustainability efforts. Showing stakeholders how the TIF grant is achieving important goals not only adds to the knowledge base about performance-based compensation, but it also helps grantees build a case for sustaining important components of the TIF program.

Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Incentives, Grants, Compensation (Remuneration), Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Sustainability, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Management Systems, Human Capital, Teachers, Principals, Evaluation Methods

Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education. Office of Innovation and Improvement, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202. e-mail: TIF4[at]ed.gov; Web site: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive

Autor: Milanowski, Anthony; Finster, Matthew

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2436&id=ED568702

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