A consulting group charged with developing teacher pay-for-performance initiatives released a proposal on Friday, which included a recommendation to use software to connect time that teachers and students spend together in the classroom to performance.
Learning Point Associates, a Naperville, Ill.-based nonprofit organization with education and policymaking experience, was awarded a contract by The Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce, a state commission created last spring by the Legislature to study Iowa's school system and make changes on performance-for-pay initiatives.
It's not an easy task.
"We have heard through all the various forms of public input that Iowans are very passionate about education and education issues, and any proposed policy changes that might influence education in any way," said project manager Susan K. Sexton.
The challenge in Iowa, the report says, is to find the best way to evaluate student performance, engage educators in that process and fairly reward them for their efforts.
The salary proposal calls for teachers to earn extra pay for their own and their students' performace.