Friday, June 06, 2008

Houston's Delivers new Value-Added numbers at part of performance pay system

Houston abandoned it's local performance measurement system after data quality and communication problems last year. The Houston Chronicle described the new approach at beginning of this school year. The new program, called ASPIRE, was designed to answer the core problems of the local system - clear rules, transparency around data quality, and equitable access to financial incentives. ASPIRE is a supported by value-added analysis provided by SAS EVAAS and professional development, online support services, and leadership consulting provided Battelle for Kids. This reworking of the HISD approach to performance pay was supported by the Broad and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.

We'll need to watch over the next few days and weeks to see how these effort play out.


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