An Interim Evaluation of Teacher and Principal Experiences During the Pilot Phase of AISD REACH
This interim report provides an independent evaluation of Austin Independent School District’s pay for performance program, REACH. Implemented in nine pilot schools in 2007-2008 and an additional two schools in 2008-2009, REACH targets three key areas: student growth, professional growth, and recruitment and retention of teachers and principals at highest needs schools. REACH combines an outcome-based pay for performance component based on student achievement measures with two input-based components – one for professional development and another for teaching in hard to staff schools. This interim, independent evaluation is designed to offer feedback about teacher and principal experiences with REACH and provide recommendations to inform the scaling-up of the program.
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