Are performance based bonuses for teachers catching on?  In some districts, these incentives are being considered to encourage teacher retention and reward achievement.

Soft SkillsIn North Carolina, the State Board of Education is considering plans for performance based bonus pay for teachers in certain grades or programs.  These include third grade, career and technical education and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate program courses.

“I’m very excited about it because teachers don’t get the pay they deserve,” said Wanda Huffstetler, who has helped over 40 students earn credentials annually in Microsoft Office applications. “I think it may attract more people into the teaching profession if there is an opportunity for bonuses.”

The plan calls for awarding teachers like Huffstetler whose students attain industry certifications $25 to $50 per student, depending on the value of the credential. The bonus is capped at $2000 in any school year.

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