Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Details of the merit pay system

        Under the pay scale and merit system approved Monday by the Cincinnati Board of Education:

        Teachers receive an assessment at least once every five years, during which teachers select areas they need to work on.

        It is a comprehensive evaluation on 16 criteria. Teachers wanting quick promotion can ask for an evaluation every two years.

        A supervising administrator and a lead teacher conduct the reviews and rank the teacher between 1 and 4, with 4 being the highest.

        Criteria cover four domains: planning and preparing for student learning; creating an environment for learning; teaching for learning; and professionalism.

        Scores then correspond to the following scale (all levels require at least a bachelor's degree):


        • New teachers.

        • Non-renewed at the end of their second year if Novice level is not attained.

        • $30,000 salary.


• Must have a score of 2 or better in all four domains.

        • Must pass Ohio's teacher licensing test (PRAXIS 3).

        • Non-renewed/terminated at the end of fifth year as a Novice if Career level is not attained.

        • Salary range: $32,000-$35,750.


• Must have a score of 3 or better in all four domains.

        • Salary range: $38,750-$49,250.


• Must have 4s in teaching for learning domain and at least one other; must have at least 3s in remaining domains.

        • Salary range: $52,500-$55,000.


• Must have 4s in all areas.

        • Salary range: $60,00- $62,500.

        Teachers who receive evaluations that would place them in a lower category are entitled to another review the following year and are frozen at their current level during that year.

        If the next review affirms the previous ranking, the teacher is moved down in pay scale. If the teacher is ranked at his original level, he will be placed in that category and advanced one salary step.

        If a teacher is dropped to Novice range, he will be put on Intervention status and be monitored by administrators.

        Teachers can move up in pay for teaching in a shortage area such as science; receiving additional degrees in their respective teaching fields; and receiving additional licenses or national certification.

        Teachers can also receive bonuses for helping a school reach a pre-set target on proficiency tests.


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