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Contract for evaluating teacher incentive fund project is renewed

August 29, 2011

The New York firm that evaluates Washington County Public Schools’ Teacher Incentive Fund project recently had its contract picked up for a second year.

The Board of Education unanimously approved its Aug. 16 consent agenda, which included renewing the contract with Measurement Incorporated Evaluation Services of White Plains, N.Y., according to a video of the meeting on the school system’s website.

The cost of the second year is $82,006, according to presentation documents.

In April, the board approved hiring Measurement Inc. for $45,735 for an abbreviated first year. The first-year evaluation is due Sept. 30.

A pilot evaluation program began this school year at Northern and Western Heights middle schools, and Fountaindale, Winter Street and Salem Avenue elementary schools for teachers, principals and assistant principals accepted into the pilot program, Director of Human Resources and Professional Learning Donna Newcomer said Monday.

The pilot evaluation program was being designed to provide financial incentives to employees deemed to be highly effective.

In 2010, the school system received a federal teacher-incentive fund grant of $7,351,028 over five years, though future funding is not guaranteed and the program is reviewed annually. The grant requires that an outside firm evaluate the program.

— Julie E. Greene

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