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TAPô changes the current pay system by providing additional compensation to teachers based on new roles and responsibilities, their accomplishments in the classroom and the performance of their students. The system also encourages districts to offer additional compensation to those who teach in "hard-to-staff" subjects and schools. As a result, teacher salaries are determined by more than years of teaching experience and professional development credits.
Salary augmentations are given to master and mentor teachers because these teachers take on more responsibility and authority, and work a longer school year than the typical classroom teacher.
All teachers in TAP schools are eligible for financial awards based upon the average of the scores they earn on multiple evaluations of their classroom teaching, as well as their classroom-level achievement growth and school-level achievement growth, both of which are measured using a value-added model.
It is recommended that performance awards are allocated according to the following breakdown:
- 50% Teacher evaluations based on Teaching Skills, Knowledge and Responsibilities Performance Standards
- 30% Individual classroom achievement growth
- 20% School-wide achievement growth
Mark Bonine, Principal, Nellie Stone Elementary, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"We've seen great improvement. We have not only anecdotal evidence, but we also have hard data about both student scores and teacher instructional strategies improving. Master and mentor teachers tell us that when they observe in the classroom, they're seeing [proven] instructional strategies in place across school grades and content areas."