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State Board of Education Adopts Regulations for
Performance Incentives for Teachers and Staff


October 02, 2006

The Alaska Board of Education today adopted regulations implementing a new law passed by the Legislature last spring to provide monetary incentives to teachers, principals and other staff in schools that achieve high levels of student improvement in academic performance.


"The performance incentive program is an innovative way to provide bonus incentives to everyone involved in helping students do better," Governor Frank H. Murkowski said. "It is gratifying to see this important, final step taken by the Board of Education in a process that began with Commissioner Sampson and was agreed to by the Legislature. We believe providing these incentives will produce better scholastic results in short order."

The school performance incentive payments may be awarded to staff employed at public schools that demonstrate a significant improvement in student performance, above what would be expected in one year relative to the state's standards based assessments.

The first payment under the new regulation is expected to be paid not later than September 2007, based on assessment results in spring 2007. The law allows an incentive payment for up to 850 certificated staff statewide, as well as all the non-certificated staff working in the same buildings as the certificated awardees. Incentive payments can be as much as $5,500 for certificated employees and $2,500 for non-certificated.

A school district will also receive an additional five percent of the amount awarded to certificated and non-certificated staff, for distribution to staff in the district's central office who contributed to the school's success.

The regulations adopted by the board will be reviewed by the Attorney General and forwarded to the Lt. Governor for filing. They will become effective 30 days after the Lt. Governor signs them.


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