Dec 31, 2007
Year One Evaluation Report
Published in: Policy Evaluation Report / (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Peabody College, February 8, 2008)
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2007
This report presents findings from the first-year evaluation of the Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) program, one of several statewide performance incentive programs in Texas. In June 2006, Governor Perry and the 79th Texas Legislature created the Governor's Educator Excellence Award Program, one component of which is the TEEG program. TEEG Cycle 1 provided approximately $100 million in noncompetitive, 12-month grants to over 1,100 public schools. Schools eligible to participate had records of academic success and high percentages of economically disadvantaged students. This report, Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) Program: Year One Evaluation Report, includes (1) an overview of the TEEG school selection criteria; (2) a review of the program design features of TEEG Cycle 1 schools' performance incentive plans; (3) analyses from a survey of teachers' attitudes and behaviors in TEEG Cycle 1 schools; and (4) findings from interviews with schools that decided not to participate in TEEG Cycle 1. While these findings are preliminary, they do offer insight into the experiences of educators during the first year of TEEG implementation.