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February 02, 2009

New Orleans Teachers Receive Performance-Based Compensation for First Time

Algiers Charter Schools Announce Significant Student Achievement Gains

ACSA educators celebrate their collective bonus of $400,000

ACSA educators celebrate their collective bonus of $400,000.
Photo courtesy Matthew Broussard at ACSA

New Orleans, LA. February 2, 2009 — The Algiers Charter Schools Association (ACSA) and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) today announced student achievement gains at six Algiers charter schools resulting from the implementation of the nationally-proven Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) (TM).

At an event earlier today at William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy, teachers at Behrman Charter Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies, William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy, Alice M. Harte Charter School, Edna Karr Charter High School and O. Perry Walker Charter College and Career Preparatory High School Community Center received bonuses totaling $400,000 with individual awards ranging up to $2,800. These awards are calculated based on objective evaluations of teacher performance as well as classroom and school-wide student achievement growth.

"I am thrilled we are raising student achievement," said Charles Rice, chairman of the Algiers Charter Schools Association Board. "We are all here to help the students of New Orleans succeed. TAP has fostered a collaborative spirit in the Algiers community that has made these accomplishments possible in a relatively short period of time."

Students help ACSA Executive Academic Officer Kevin Guitterrez unveil the $400,000 in TAP educator bonuses

Students help ACSA Executive Academic Officer Kevin Guitterrez unveil the $400,000 in TAP educator bonuses.
Photo courtesy Matthew Broussard at ACSA

Research demonstrates that the quality of a student's classroom teacher ranks as the most important school-related factor for helping him or her succeed in school. Recognizing this research, ACSA saw TAP as a unique opportunity to strengthen New Orleans schools when the association was formed following Hurricane Katrina. As an integral component of the ACSA charter, TAP provides principals and teachers with a proven process to drive instructional change.

"We have seen the positive results In TAP schools across America when teachers are given powerful opportunities for career advancement, ongoing professional development and recognition for outstanding achievement. It is remarkable to see the impact of TAP and the significant growth in a school system that was formed out of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina," said Lowell Milken, chairman and founder of NIET, and architect of TAP.

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Louisiana Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao congratulates ACSA educators.
Photo courtesy Matthew Broussard at ACSA

"TAP gives teachers the ability to evolve, advance professionally and earn higher salaries, just as in other careers," said Nicole Jackson, master teacher at O. Perry Walker Charter College and Career Preparatory High School and Community Center. "And we are able to do so by creating a student-centric environment where our focus is on helping the students learn and helping each other be better teachers."

The educators at these six schools were eligible to receive performance awards because they have three years of value-added student achievement data. Of the six schools eligible, five achieved significantly more than a year's academic growth with their students compared to similar schools across Louisiana. The sixth school achieved a solid year's growth when compared to similar schools across the state.

TAP in the Algiers charter schools is funded in part by a projected, multi-year $17.6 million federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant awarded to NIET.

About the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)(TM)
Launched in 1999, the national TAP(TM) model offers powerful opportunities for teachers and principals to excel in order to improve student achievement: multiple career paths for teachers to pursue more responsibilities with commensurate pay; ongoing applied professional growth to provide strong job-embedded development targeting individual student needs; instructionally focused accountability to ensure a fair, transparent system with observations several times a year; and performance-based compensation tied to responsibilities, instructional performance and student achievement growth. TAP now impacts 72,000 students and 6,200 teachers nationwide.

To learn more about TAP in the Algiers charter schools, visit www.algierscharterschools.org.

For information about TAP nationwide, visit www.niet.org.

 


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