A New Way to Pay Jeffco Educators
What helps teachers be effective, and does additional pay make a difference for student learning? In Jeffco Public Schools—Colorado’s largest school district—we’re finding out.
Why? Teacher effectiveness matters for students. Research shows that students make three times the academic gains when their teachers are effective. That means in one school year, students could get an extra half a year’s worth of learning from effective teachers.
Our innovative pilot in 20 schools involves more than 8,500 students and 650 educators. It’s part of national research to test new teacher compensation and new supports. The goals are to improve student learning, increase teachers’ professional skills and reward educators for results. The pilot rewards what Jeffco values—exemplary performance and teamwork.
Now in the second of four years of research in schools, the pilot is funded by a $39 million federal grant—the largest the district has ever received.