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Alaska Public School Performance Incentive Program
Alaska : Public School Performance Incentive Program -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level The Public School Performance Incentive Program

The Public School Performance Incentive Program is a state level pilot program intended to encourage everyone on a school’s staff to collaborate.

Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

Status The Public School Performance Incentive Program

House Bill 13 establishing the pilot program was signed into law on May 31, 2006 and establishes the program for school years 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. The pilot is currently in its first year (2006-2007) and will sunset June 30, 2009. State statute requires LB&A to review the program by December 31, 2008 and recommend whether it should be continued or not.

Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

Program Description The Public School Performance Incentive Program

The Alaska Public School Performance Incentive Program is an incentive program for all employees in a school. The law allows for certificated and noncertificated staff to receive incentive payments on top of their base salary. The payment does not supplant or affect employee salaries or have any effect on evaluation promotion, discipline or retirement.

The incentive program is intended to encourage everyone to collaborate and take shared responsibility for all students, use instructional time effectively and use the results of standards-based assessments to target students' academic needs. The program serves as an incentive for public school personnel to create a learning environment in which the students at that school demonstrate improved academic achievement or continue to perform at an advanced level.

Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session) Or http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/24/Bills/HB0013Z.PDF

Source: Department of Education and Early Development

The program requires that students demonstrate growth in academic achievement based on the Standards Based Assessments (SBA's) given annually in April, comparisons of the same student are made from the previous year to the current year and 95% of all students enrolled in the school must participate in the assessment.

School eligibility regulatory requirements are those that provide mathematics and language arts instruction, provide any combination of grades K-12, except 11-12 only, and that administer the reading, writing and mathematics standards based assessment.

The first incentive will be based on assessment results in 2007 as compared to 2006. The first recipient schools will be notified by July 25, 2007 and payments will be sent in September 2007.

Source: Department of Education and Early Development

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Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
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  • Description of Component The Public School Performance Incentive Program

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    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    Personnel employed at public schools where students have demonstrated significant improvement in performance on statewide assessments as determined by the state department of education are eligible to receive incentive payments.

    To determine staff eligibility for bonuses, each student’s test score will be placed in one of six performance categories and at the end of the school year the state will compare each student’s performance with their individual scores from the previous year and schools will receive points for students based on whether a student moved up or down in the categories or stayed the same. The points for a school’s students will be totaled and then divided by the number of students to produce the school score. This score will then be applied to an index that has several levels and the higher the score, the larger the bonus. School’s that show only a year’s growth or less will not receive bonuses.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Incentives The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    The amount of the payment ranges from $2,500 to $5,500 for certificated employee and $1,000 to $2,500 for each noncertificated employee. Up to 5% of the funds awarded to schools within a district are allocated to district wide staff who contributed to the awarded school performance as determined by the commissioner and superintendent in consultation with site principals.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Incentive Recipients The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    Up to 850 certificated staff (teachers and administrators) and the noncertificated staff (paraprofessionals and support staff) employed in the schools where awarded certificated staff are employed may receive incentive payments annually. Some staff in a school district’s central office may also receive payments. Recipients must be employed at least 25% and awards are partial based on employment at an FTE of 25%, 50% 75% or 100%. The superintendent or chief officer is not eligible for incentive payment

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    The program requires that students demonstrate growth in academic achievement based on the Standards Based Assessments (SBA’s) given annually in April, comparisons of the same student are made from the previous year to the current year and 95% of all students enrolled in the school must participate in the assessment.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    The program was proposed by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Other Stakeholders The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Program Funding
    Cost The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    The cost will depend on how many people earn bonuses, on details of the point system and the index, which will be set in regulation by the State Board of Education & Early Development. A fiscal note estimates the range of what the program may cost. For example, if five percent of the state’s school staff members won the highest level of bonus, it would cost nearly $3.1 million. If 25 percent of the staff won the highest level of bonus, it would cost about $15.4 million. The cost of the program will not exceed $5.8 million annually because the program is limited to 850 certificated staff and approximately 340 noncertificated staff

    Source: Fiscal Note

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Funding The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    Subject to appropriation.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes The Public School Performance Incentive Program

    The first year of the pilot program began in the 2006-2007 school year and there is currently no information or data available.

    Enabling Policy: House Bill 13 (2006 session)




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