Wednesday, March 22, 2017




Advertise with us

Longview ISD teachers to get $720,000 in bonuses

From Staff Reports
Dec. 15, 2016 at 11:49 p.m.


Longview ISD is giving teachers more than $720,000 in merit-based bonuses today as part of its Longview Incentive for Teachers Pay for Performance Award program.

The teacher and campus personnel incentive pay is given as a reward for good performance during the 2015-16 school year. The pay is awarded annually to campuses and teachers whose students showed significant growth in the previous school year. To be eligible to receive the award, teachers must meet certain criteria, such as having an attendance rate of at least 97 percent.

The LIFT pay is one way the district tries to encourage teacher attendance so they can have the greatest possible impact on students, Assistant Superintendent Jody Clements said.

"Only campuses and teachers that meet the criteria are eligible," Clements said Thursday. "The reason we do this is to encourage teachers to work harder to improve student success. We focus it on our economically disadvantaged students because this is where we need the most improvement in our scores."

This year's allotments are based on academic distinctions with teachers being eligible, if they meet criteria, to receive $200 per academic distinction designation that their campus received.

Schools and amounts awarded are:

Foster Middle School's 70 staff members are eligible to receive $1,400 per person, based on the campus earning seven distinctions. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $98,000.

Judson Middle School's 45 staff members are eligible to receive $1,200 per person, based on the campus earning six distinctions. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $72,000.

Hudson PEP Elementary School's 45 staff members are eligible to receive $800 per person, based on the campus earning four distinctions. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $36,000.

Ned E. Williams Elementary School's 50 staff members are eligible to receive $1,000 per person, based on the campus earning five distinctions. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $50,000.

J.L. Everhart Elementary School's 65 staff members are eligible to receive $200 per person, based on the campus earning one distinction. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $13,000.

Johnston-McQueen Elementary School's 65 staff members are eligible to receive $200 per person, based on the campus earning one distinction. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $13,000.

Longview High School's 210 staff members are eligible to receive $1,200 per person, based on the campus earning six distinctions. The campus staff collectively can receive up to $252,000.

This year's LIFT pay is an increase from the $600,000 paid out this past school year and also is up from the $350,000 awarded in 2014-15.

Superintendent James Wilcox said the goal of the program is to have more staff meeting the requirements, because that translates into student growth.

"The criteria is still the same; we've just had significantly more teachers qualify," Wilcox said.

Longview ISD uses the Education Value Added Assessment System to measure student progress based on statistical data submitted each year. If a student shows an expected amount of progress, the teacher is not rewarded. If the student shows greater than expected progress, the teacher is given an incentive based on the progress amount.

Based on a "value-added" system and "achievement," core subject area teachers with economically disadvantaged students showing exceptional or more than expected progress in core subject areas could receive about a $69 incentive or $100 incentive per student, depending on the level of progress.

Money for the LIFT program is budgeted by the district.

Longview ISD is the only school district in the city that offers such merit-based bonuses.

SHARE

Comments

Powered By AdvocateDigitalMedia