Dallas School Board Votes To Tie Teacher Pay To Performance

DALLAS (May 24, 2014) The Dallas school board has voted to change the basis on which teachers are paid, approving an evaluation system that ties pay to performance.

Teachers currently are paid based on years of service and advanced degrees, but the board’s vote means pay will be determined based on points accumulated in the two most recent evaluations.

Classroom performance will constitute 50 percent of an evaluation while student test scores will account for 35 percent and student surveys the resulting 15 percent.

The new system will be launched in the next school year, and changes to the salary structure the following year.

The approval represents a significant step in Superintendent Mike Miles' reform efforts, but critics question whether the move will have any effect on student performance.