Teacher Incentive Fund - Leadership for Educators' Advanced Performance

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools won a five-year Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant that began in the         2007-2008 school year; the program was given the name “Leadership for Educators’ Advanced Performance” (LEAP).  To support this important initiative, CMS is partnering with Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC), a national leader in the field of performance-based compensation system development and evaluation.

The TIF-LEAP initiative worked with 20 of the district's highest need schools to  pilot a performance-based compensation system. The specific goals were to:

  • build teacher and principal capacity to increase student achievement by aligning and improving      district systems in support of the schools
  • create a compensation system for teachers and principals that provides differentiated levels of compensation based on student achievement gains and teacher/principals evaluations that include multiple classroom observations
  • support the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers and principals in hard-to-staff schools and subjects
  • develop district capacity to implement, scale-up, evaluate and sustain a performance-based compensation system, with measurable impact on student achievement

In the 2011-2012 school year, TIF-LEAP worked with 3 High Schools, 2 Middle Schools, 3 Pre-K-8 Schools, and 3 Elementary schools.  Program efforts concentrated on 3 areas:

  1. Using data to drive instructional practices that can lead to improved levels of student achievement. This is the focus of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).
  2. Continuing to evaluate a value-added growth measure and an associated compensation system. The model was piloted for use in a compensation plan along with SLOs beginning in the 2009-2010 school year.
  3. Exploring options for the expansion of the SLO process beyond the TIF schools.