The following is a list of recent resources for those focused on the professional improvement of teachers, principals, and other educational leaders.
Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund: Final Report on Implementation and Impacts of Pay-for-Performance Across Four Years In 2006, Congress established the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which provides grants to support performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools. This evaluation examines the effectiveness of the program in ten of the 130 districts that received grants awarded in 2010. Within the ten evaluation districts, pay-for-performance led to slightly higher student achievement in reading and math by the second year of implementation. Most 2010 TIF districts implemented each individual component of the comprehensive, performance-based compensation system required under their grant, and about half implemented all four components for teachers. Many 2010 TIF districts reported that sustainability of their program was a major challenge, and slightly fewer than half planned to offer pay-for-performance bonuses after their grant ended. (Mathematica Policy Research)