Grant Profile

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (IA)

Cohort:
TIF 4
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Central Decatur and Saydel Community School Districts are partnering with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to reform each partnering district’s human capital management system (HCMS) in an effort to improve student achievement. Both partnering districts are implementing TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, a comprehensive approach to performance-based compensation that ties effectiveness ratings to student growth outcomes. High-performing teachers and principals and teachers who assume a leadership role as a mentor or master teacher will earn additional pay. Teachers who accept hard-to-staff science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) positions receive a recruitment bonus. Both teachers and principals receive job-embedded, individualized professional development and coaching based on educator evaluation results. Central Decatur, near the Missouri border, is in one of the most rural regions of the state. Saydel, near Iowa’s capital city, is also a largely rural district and has high levels of poverty. In Saydel, approximately one-third of students are below state proficiency targets, and in Central Decatur, about one- quarter of the students are not proficient. In addition, there are significant achievement gaps between students of low socioeconomic status and other students.

Grant
Information

1250 Fourth Street
Fourth Floor
Santa Monica
California
90401-1366
(843) 245-7926
Project Director: 
Michael Derrick
Grant Number: 
S374B120024
Award amount: 
$9,569,093
STEM Grantee: 
Yes
Number of districts: 
2
Number of schools: 
5
Number of principals: 
6
Number of teachers: 
167
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