March 10, 2009
Obama Highlights TAP in Major Education Address
In his address to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on March 10, 2009, President Barack Obama highlighted the "promising work" of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)™ in helping to ensure that "anyone entrusted with educating our children is doing the job as well as it can be done."
Promoting the urgency of attracting and retaining high-caliber teachers to help ensure that American students are able to compete in a fast-paced global economy, President Obama said, in part:
"America's future depends on its teachers . . . That's why we're taking steps to prepare teachers for their difficult responsibilities, and encourage them to stay in the profession. That's why we're creating new pathways to teaching and new incentives to bring teachers to schools where they’re needed most. That's why we support offering extra pay to Americans who teach math and science to end a teacher shortage in those subjects. It's why we're building on the promising work being done in places like South Carolina's Teacher Advancement Program, and making an unprecedented commitment to ensure that anyone entrusted with educating our children is doing the job as well as it can be done."
To view the President's full address, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-of-the-President-to-the-United-States-Hispanic-Chamber-of-Commerce/
Jim Rex, Former South Carolina Superintentent of Education
"Through these efforts [implementing TAP], we'll reach the tipping point of moving from a pilot project to a full-blown statewide model of reform. A performance-based compensation system, using value-added measures that are reliable and transparent, will ultimately affect achievement for all students. . ."