Denver Public Schools, CO

Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association undertook a national demonstration which showed that linking what students learn to what professionals earn can be a major catalyst for system change. The Innovations Lab at CTAC assisted Denver to develop, implement, and evaluate its groundbreaking performance-based compensation initiative.

Results:
  • Denver teachers approved the new teacher compensation system, ProComp, by a 3-to-2 margin.
  • Denver voters approved a $25 million tax increase by a 3-to-2 margin to fund the new system.
  • CTAC’s evaluation provided the base of evidence for Congressional approval of the Teacher Incentive Fund.
  • This initiative launched the performance-based compensation and evaluation movement nationally.
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