Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) Program

Year Three Evaluation Report

Published in: Policy Evaluation Report / (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Peabody College, Aug. 31, 2009), p. 1-549

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2008

by Matthew G. Springer, Dennis W. Jansen, Michael John Podgursky, Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, Omar S. Lopez, Art (Xiao) Peng

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The Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) program was state-funded and provided annual grants to schools to design and implement performance pay plans during the 2006-07 to 2009-10 school year. TEEG was implemented each year (i.e., Cycle) in approximately 1,000 high poverty, high performing Texas public schools. Performance pay for teachers entered Texas state policy deliberations during the 1980s, a decade marked as one of the most active periods of school reform in Texas. As early as the Texas Teacher Career Ladder program in 1984, policy makers attempted to reform the single-salary schedule and introduce performance pay for educators. Several lessons emerged from those first generation programs and played a significant role in the design and implementation of contemporary performance pay programs in Texas, such as TEEG. Specific lessons include the importance of (1) adequate, sustainable funding; (2) teacher involvement in program design; (3) rewarding educators for their contribution to student performance and professional collaboration; and (4) conducting independent, comprehensive program evaluations. This report builds on the previous TEEG evaluation reports, presenting findings from three years of the TEEG program. Overall, the report discusses the participation decisions of eligible schools, the implementation experiences of TEEG participants, the manner in which performance pay plans were designed, and the program's outcomes.

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