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Classroom Site Fund (CSF)
Arizona : Classroom Site Fund -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

The Arizona Classroom Site Fund as enacted by Proposition 301 requires all districts across the state to have some form of pay for performance component for teachers.

Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

Status Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

In November, 2000 Proposition 301 was passed by 53% of voters. The most significant feature of Proposition 301 is the Classroom Site Fund, which provides specific funding for districts to participate in some form of pay-for performance plan for teachers. Career Ladder districts, as well as districts with other forms of diversified compensation programs in place, already meet this requirement. This program is ongoing and permanent.

Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

Program Description Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

The most recent evolution in diversifying teacher compensation in Arizona came in November, 2000 when Proposition 301 was passed by 53% of voters. The most significant feature of Proposition 301 is the Classroom Site Fund (CSF), which provides specific funding for districts to participate in some form of pay-for performance plan for teachers . Career Ladder districts, as well as districts with other forms of diversified compensation programs in place, already meet this requirement. Funding for this proposition comes from a 0.6¢ education sales tax and from growth in K-12 state trust land revenues .

School districts are required to create their own plans but must adhere to the following guidelines when distributing funds:

  • 20% for increasing teachers' base pay,
  • 40% for performance pay for teachers,
  • 40% for school "menu options" (e.g., reduced class sizes; classroom for supplies, materials, computers; AIMS intervention programs; dropout prevention programs; teacher training; teacher liability insurance premiums, additional teacher compensation)
Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977
Other Programs The Arizona Career Ladder and the Optional Incentive Program are two other types of diversified teacher compensation programs in Arizona.
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 Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    No information found.

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    Determined at the district level.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Incentives Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    Determined at the district level

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Incentive Recipients Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    Determined at the district level.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    Although Proposition 301 requires that 40% of Classroom Site Fund money be used to compensate teachers based on "performance," there were no specific requirements outlined until 2005. Districts are still free to create and implement their own designs, but school district governing boards must incorporate the following elements

    • School district performance and school performance,
    • Measures of academic progress toward the state academic standards,
    • Other measures of academic progress,
    • Dropout or graduation rates,
    • Attendance rates,
    • Parent and student ratings of school quality,
    • Teacher and administrators' input, including approval of the system by a vote of at least 70 percent of teachers eligible to participate in it,
    • An appeals process for teachers who have been denied performance-based compensation, and
    • A regular evaluation of the system's effectiveness.
    The law also allows districts to revise these elements as long as the compensation system is adopted at a public meeting . Performance-based compensation systems must provide for teacher professional development programs aligned with the above elements.

    Many programs at the district level already include a number of the above elements. In fact, according to 2005 data, 186 of Arizona's 200 plus districts incorporated student achievement as a goal in their performance pay plans, making student achievement the most common goal independently set by districts. Seventy districts incorporated teacher evaluations as a program goal making it the fourth most common element among district programs in 2005.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Other Stakeholders Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Program Funding
    Cost Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    The CSF was established by Proposition 301 from the November 2000 General Election. It receives funding from the 0.6¢ education sales tax established by Proposition 301 and from growth in K-12 state trust land revenues. FY 2007 estimates show a per pupil amount of $333.

    A.R.S. § 15-977(B)(1) specifies that the estimated per pupil funding amount from the CSF for a given budget year is to be computed using the estimated “weighted” student count for the current year and estimated resources in the CSF for the budget year. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) currently estimates that the weighted student count for 2006 will be 1,219,385 and the JLBC Staff projects that the CSF will have $406,550,500 in available resources for FY 2007 apart from any adjustment for cumulative prior year shortfalls. ($406,550,500 / 1,219,385 = $333 per weighted pupil).

    Forty percent of CSF monies distributed to districts must be spent on pay for performance plans for teachers. This represents a smaller portion than forty percent of the above amount due to payments made to specific programs prior to releasing funds to districts.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Funding Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    Funding for this proposition comes from a 0.6¢ education sales tax and from growth in K-12 state trust land revenues.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes Classroom Site Fund (CSF)

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: ARS §15-977




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