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Florida STAR
Florida : STAR -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

State policy requires districts to have some type of performance pay plan. The STAR program was constructed by the state as an option for districts to meet the performance pay plan requirement.

Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

Status Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

The STAR program is a consequence of 2006 legislation (HB 7087) and is provided as a method for districts and charter schools to implement performance pay provisions of section 1012.22, Florida Statutes, and to access their portion of the funds in the appropriation.

The STAR program is ongoing.

Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

Program Description Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

Beginning in 2007-2008 school districts are required to adopt a salary schedule with differentiated pay for instructional personnel and school-based administrators. Although it is not a choice whether to implement performance pay required in s. 1012.22, FS, it is a district's choice whether or not to participate in the STAR Program.

District STAR plans:

  • Include rewards for elementary, middle and high school instructional personnel,
  • Include an instructional personnel evaluation based on the performance of their students,
  • Include all instructional personnel as eligible without an application,
  • Distribute awards of at least 5% of the base pay of the best performing 25% of instructional personnel,
  • Use any remaining funds to award additional instructional or school-based administrative personnel based upon the district’s plan, and
  • Distribute awards for approved charter school plans based on each school’s proportion of the district’s total K-12 based funding.
The primary determining factor of a STAR evaluation is improved student achievement.

Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

Other Programs Law requiring performance pay passed in 2001. E-Comp, the State Board of Education Performance Pay Rule, was a more recent program with the purpose of ensuring implementation of performance pay at the district level. 2006 legislation suspended the State Board of Education Performance Pay Rule (E-Comp).

Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • No hard-to-staff, high needs or at-risk component found
  • Description of Component Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    No information found.

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Each district school board selects or develops an evaluation instrument. The instrument's primary determining factor is the evaluation of improved student achievement. The instrument's factors are scored using the following categories, or categories that are substantially similar in number and connotation:

    • Unsatisfactory,
    • Needs improvement,
    • Satisfactory,
    • High-performing, and
    • Outstanding.
    Instructional personnel must receive no unsatisfactory or needs improvement ratings and may receive no more than one satisfactory rating on the areas evaluated in order to receive a reward.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Incentives Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Performance rewards of at least 5 percent of the base pay are given to qualifying teachers. Districts can use any remaining funds to provide bonuses to additional instructional personnel or school-based leaders pursuant to their plans.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Incentive Recipients Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Incentive recipients include the best performing 25 percent of instructional personnel.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Instructional personnel evaluations are based on student performance. District school boards determine appropriate methods to evaluate instructional personnel based on the performance of their students. The methods measure improved student achievement during the course of the school year; and are approved by the State Board of Education.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Local school districts and the teachers’ collective bargaining units work together to:

    1. Agree on a personnel appraisal system that identifies a minimum of satisfactory, above satisfactory and outstanding levels of (1) teachers who teach courses assessed by the FCAT; and (2) teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors, reading coaches, etc., who do not teach courses related to FCAT subjects;
    2. Determine whether the 5 percent bonuses will be a supplement, or rolled into the base teacher salary of outstanding teachers;
    3. Determine how many more teachers may be identified as outstanding over and above the 10 percent requirement, and the identification criteria for these teachers, within the guidelines established by the state;
    4. Determine whether a district wishes to provide more than 5 percent as a bonus; and
    5. Select, within the guidelines established by the state, those measures that the district will use for instructional personnel whose work is not related to FCAT.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Other Stakeholders Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    Other stakeholders include district school boards and legislators.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Program Funding
    Cost Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    $147.5 million was appropriated to districts for performance pay awards to instructional personnel. STAR implements performance pay in accordance with s. 1012.22, FS. A district's allocation is equal to its portion of the state total K-12 base funding.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Funding Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    From the funds in Specific Appropriation 91, $147,500,000 is provided for the Special Teachers Are Rewarded performance pay plan (STAR Plan). Funds are distributed to school districts for performance pay rewards to instructional personnel as defined in section 1012.01(2) (a)-(d), Florida Statutes, in all K-12 schools in the district, in accordance with the requirements of section 1012.22, Florida Statutes. STAR Plan funds are allocated based on each district's proportion of the state total K-12 base funding, subject to review and approval by the State Board of Education of the district's STAR Plan. The district's STAR Plan may include information from the district's instructional personnel assessment system, and shall include instructional personnel evaluation based on the performance of their students. The Department of Education develops model methodologies that ensure fairness and equity for all instructional personnel, and provides technical assistance upon request.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR)

    No information was found at this time.

    Enabling Policy: Florida Statutes; 1022.22




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