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Minnesota Q-Comp
Minnesota : Q Comp -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

This is a state level program. Districts apply to be a part of the Q-Comp program by submitting a district plan.

Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

Status Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

Minnesota Q Comp is an ongoing program enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in July 2005. Currently, 22 Minnesota school districts have been approved for Q Comp and have received funding for implementation. 134 districts have indicated that they plan to submit an application for the 2006-07 or 2007-08 school year.

Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

Program Description Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

Quality Compensation for Teachers, or Q Comp, was proposed by Governor Tim Pawlenty and was enacted by the Legislature in July 2005.

The Q Comp program is based on the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) and has five components:

  • Career ladders for teachers
  • Job-embedded professional development
  • Instructional observations and standards-based assessments
  • Measures to determine student growth
  • Alternative teacher compensation or performance pay.

Districts, schools and charter schools must apply to participate in Q Comp.

Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

Other Programs In 2001, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated funds to begin an alternative teacher compensation pilot program called the Minnesota Alternative Compensation Program. Currently, five school districts receive $150/student to participate in the program. After FY 2007, funds will no longer be available for the Minnesota Alternative Compensation Program.
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 Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    No information found.

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    A new salary schedule for teachers is one requirement of the Q Comp program. The design of the new salary schedule is done locally between the district and the local teacher union.

    Other incentives include multiple career paths and job-embedded professional development.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Incentives Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    A locally selected evaluation team develops a common set of skills to be measured, and measure them with a common rating scale. This tool is used by ALL evaluators.

    Incentives are earned by teachers who show agreed upon gains in student performance. Local districts can set other goals to be met as well as adding other components.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Incentive Recipients Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    Incentives are earned by teachers who show agreed upon gains in student performance as well as meeting other goals that are set at the district level.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    Teacher performance tied to pay is measured in the following way:

    • A locally selected evaluation team develops a common set of skills to be measured, and measure them with a common rating scale (this tool would by used by ALL evaluators)
    • Agreed upon gains in student performance
    • Local districts set goals to be met and add other components.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    A teacher vote is not required before submission of a Q Comp application. However, the application must contain the signatures of the president of the local teacher’s union and either the school board chair or the superintendent. It should be noted that final ratification of a master agreement and contract require a teacher vote under the parameters set in the district’s collective bargaining agreement with its local teacher union. Local districts and local teacher unions should check their bylaws to ensure compliance with collective bargaining processes.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Other Stakeholders Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    Other stakeholders include legislators, districts, schools and charter schools.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Program Funding
    Cost Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    Districts, schools, and charter schools with an approved Q Comp application for the 2005-06 school year will receive $260 per student in state aid and $190 per student in state aid and $70 per student in a partially equalized levy for the 2006-07 school year and beyond.

    Districts and schools with an approved Q Comp application for the 2006-07 school year will receive $190 per student in state aid and $70 per student in a partially equalized levy for the 2006-07 school year and beyond.

    Charter schools with an approved Q Comp application will receive the state average in aid (likely to be slightly less than $260 per student) depending on how many school districts choose to levy the maximum amount available, and how many choose to levy less than the maximum. Charter schools do not have the authority to impose levies.

    Currently, 22 Minnesota school districts have been approved for Q Comp and have received funding for implementation. 134 districts have indicated that they plan to submit an application for the 2006-07 or 2007-08 school year.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Funding Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    The Q Comp law provides funding for approximately 48 percent of students. This program essentially starts up in the second year and is intended to be a phased-in program. The advantage of starting this program in the second year is that the need for state funds can be examined and the demand for the state funds understood in time to request a supplemental budget appropriation if the demand exceeds the funding that is available. The funding structure for this program is permanent.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes Quality Compensation (Q Comp)

    No information found at this time.

    Enabling Policy: Minnesota Law; 122A




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