Pay For Performance Program for Public School Teachers

    Background:

    Pay for Performance in America’s public schools is an extremely controversial issue. Although the process has made inroads in business and is a means to help determine promotions, pay, and retention, pay for performance has not been consistently well received in the Public school systems. There are some successful examples where teacher pay has been linked to student test scores. In Minnesota for example, some districts have stopped giving automatic raises for seniority and base 60% of all pay increases on employee performance. In Denver, unions and school districts designed an incentive program where teachers receive bonuses for student achievement and for earning national teaching certificates. On the other hand, some plans have not worked. For example, Cincinnati teachers voted against a merit pay proposal and Philadelphia teachers gave their bonus checks to charity rather than cashing them. It appears that having teachers involved in planning the incentive system is one key factor to success. The same can be said for all incentive plans – if employees do not buy into them, they will not work.

    Directive:
    The organizations senior leadership wants to explore the practicality of implementing such a program for your organization.

    Questions to Research:
    – How could an organization measure the effectiveness of their pay-for-performance plans?

    – From an employee’s perspective, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a pay-for-performance plan?

    – From an employer’s perspective, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a pay-for-performance plan?

    The objectives below must be addressed in this paper:

    Explain the various classifications of rewards.
    Describe competency-based compensation programs.
    Describe relative standards in the performance management system.
    Discuss ethical issues in HRM

    STANDARDS

    Abstract
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    Introduction
    Provides a clear and concise reason for the paper and background into the problem.
        Provides background research into the problem
        States the problem clearly
        Justifies the study
        Explains the significance of the problem to an audience of non-specialists.

    Discussion
    Discusses findings and conclusions in accordance with the research.
        Presents precise and orderly explanation of findings in conjunction with the research despite personal opinions and ideas.
        Provides at least the minimum written content in accordance with assignment instructions.

    Summary or Conclusion
    Articulates findings in accordance with the research.
        Restates the reason for the paper.
        Clearly and precisely articulates and summarizes findings and outcomes in accordance with the research; regardless of personal views or opinions.

    Documentation & APA format.
    Paper is properly in APA style writing standards
        Paper is written in proper APA format (6th edition)
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    Mechanics and Grammar
    The writing is free of spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, grammatical errors and proofreading errors.

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