District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) Program

Year One Evaluation Report

Published in: Policy Evaluation Report (Nashville, Tennessee : Vanderbilt University Peabody College, April 2010), 80 p

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Matthew G. Springer, Christopher Springer, Michael John Podgursky, Omar S. Lopez, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Art (Xiao) Peng

District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) is a state-funded program in Texas that provides grants to districts for the implementation of locally-designed performance pay plans. All districts in the state are eligible to receive grants, but participation is voluntary. As D.A.T.E. continues in its second year of operation with approximately $197 million in state funds during the 2009-10 school year, it stands alone as the sole state-funded performance pay program in Texas. This report presents findings from the first year of D.A.T.E. (2008-09 school year), with emphasis on program participation decisions made by districts, the local design preferences for performance pay plans, and the early implementation experiences of D.A.T.E. participants. The first round of incentive awards for educators and other allowable grant funds were distributed in D.A.T.E. schools from May 2009 to February 2010, allowing evaluators to begin further examination of program outcomes to be presented in a later evaluation report.

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