Cross County School District (Cross County) is a remote, rural local education agency (LEA) that struggles with attracting and retaining effective educators to its schools. This project focuses on two high-need schools that will use the proposed performance-based compensation system. Cross County will partner with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET, a national nonprofit focused on educator quality) and Arkansas Tech University to enhance a human capital management system (HCMS) in Cross County schools that includes evaluation and support for educators to increase educator effectiveness and student achievement.
Schools & LEAs Served
The primary goal is to implement innovative strategies for attracting, developing and retaining the most effective educators for Cross County. The grantee will achieve this goal by implementing TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, developed by NIET. It includes a comprehensive, performance-based compensation system (PBCS), grounded in strong educator professional development structures and supported by a comprehensive HCMS.
A third-party professional evaluator with the capacity for working with both qualitative and quantitative data will evaluate the project progress to provide feedback for continuous improvement in the implementation and operation of the project and to analyze the evidence that the project is achieving its objectives and goals.
Cross County will convene an advisory committee that may include the project director, each school's principal, the Cross County superintendent, a teacher representative from each school, and a representative from NIET. The advisory committee will meet regularly to provide a consistent platform for systematic review of the status and improvement of the TIF project. The committee will also convene to make decisions regarding PBCS implementation, such as developing an alternative student growth measure for those who teach in nontested subjects or grade levels.
- Cross County Elementary
- Cross County High School
Cross Country has implemented TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, resulting in the development of an educator-focused culture that emphasizes data-driven decisions targeting specific needs of Cross County educators and students. Cross County has realized that more substantial efforts must take place to attract and retain the most effective teachers. This project provides the ability for Cross County to expand its recruitment and retention efforts and also develop further enhancements to its HCMS.