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Metro teachers, leaders deliver results, earn more than a million in bonuses

Federal grant pays 832 school faculty based on effectiveness, student achievement

More than 800 Metro teachers and leaders have extra green in their pockets thanks to their strong classroom performance and the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant. March 15 paychecks included performance bonuses for teachers, principals, assistant principals and other certificated staff in 22 of the district’s schools. Individual awards ranged from $500 to $4,000.

“Our goal with this grant is to recruit, retain and reward effective teachers in our challenging elementary, middle and high schools,” said Julie McCargar, Executive Director Federal Programs. “This program was targeted to select schools and considered accountability, value-added and teacher effectiveness.”

The performance bonuses were based on achievement in the 2011-12 school year including

  • $1,000 for teacher effectiveness as measured by their performance on TEAM, the Tennessee teacher evaluation model,
  • $500 more if the school met both its objectives (AMOs) in achievement and in reducing the achievement gap among student groups, and
  • $1,000 more for value-added growth as measured by TCAP or ACT exams.

Principals and assistant principals were eligible for larger bonuses in the same three areas. Some teachers also earned $100 awards for professional development. The total amount awarded was $1,083,371.86.

Participating schools are:

  • Antioch High School
  • Antioch Middle
  • Apollo Middle
  • Bailey Middle
  • Brick Church Middle
  • Cameron Middle
  • Chadwell Elementary
  • Hattie Cotton Elementary
  • Glencliff High
  • Gra-Mar Middle
  • Isaac Litton Middle
  • Jere Baxter Middle
  • Whitsitt Elementary
  • John Early Museum Magnet Middle
  • Lakeview Elementary
  • Maplewood High
  • Margaret Allen Middle
  • McGavock High
  • Napier Elementary
  • Stratford High
  • Whites Creek High
  • Wright Middle

The same schools are participating for the 2012-13 school year and the awards are expected to be made in August or September.