$5.25M awarded to K–12 educators through Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Project

For their leadership in increasing student and school achievement, more than 2,200 educators from 58 schools in 10 districts received more than $5.25 million in performance-based payouts for participating in the Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Project during the 2014–2015 academic year.

This is the final annual payout of the five-year U. S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund Grant awarded to Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2010. Over the life of the project, more than $20.5 million was awarded to Arizona teachers, principals and assistant principals.

“The value of this amount goes beyond the dollars as the hard work and dedication of these teachers and schools administrators is helping to develop more effective teachers and leaders in Arizona’s classrooms,” said ASU's Virginia McElyea, executive director of partner grants for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. “As this project winds down, we hope for the continued advancement of educators to increase teacher and student achievement.”

Utilizing TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement , the AZRfR Project provides participating schools with continuous assistance and support from master and mentor teachers within their schools, professional development opportunities, and competitive payouts based on effectiveness ratings generated through classroom observations and growth in student achievement.

There were 2,109 teachers and 99 administrators involved in the project during the 2014–2015 academic year. Payments to teachers totaled $4,900,000; the total amount to principals and assistant principals was $340,000. The average payout to teachers was $2,334, earned based on a combination of multiple observations, and student and school-wide testing results.

Fifty-eight schools entered the project over a three-year period, earning the following amounts for 10 districts:

• Avondale Elementary: eight schools, 285 educators (teacher, principals and assistant principals), $737,000 in 2014–2015; $2.54 million during four years in the project.

• Chinle Unified: seven schools, 261 educators, $661,000 in 2014–2015; $2.56 million across four years in the project.

• Coolidge Unified: six schools, 186 educators, $255,000 in 2014–2015; $880,000 across three years in the project.

• Deer Valley Unified: four schools, 168 educators, $470,000 in 2014–2015; $1.55 million across four years in the project.

• Gadsden Elementary: eight schools, 217 educators, $714,000 in 2014–2015; $3.14 million across five years in the project.

• Glendale Elementary: five schools, 218 educators, $328,000 in 2014–2015; $1.46 million across five years in the project.

• Littleton Elementary: six schools, 330 educators, $750,000 in 2014–2015; $2.38 million across three years in the project.

• Mesa Public Schools: six schools, 252 educators, $329,000 in 2014–2015; $1.46 million across five years in the project.

• Osborn Elementary: five schools, 177 educators, $532,000 in 2014–2015; $2.59 million across five years in the project.

• San Carlos Unified: two schools, 114 educators, $293,000 in 2014–2015; $957,000 across four years in the project.

Of $20.5 million distributed over the life of the grant, $1.1 million was awarded to 17 schools during the 2010–2011 school year. The program expanded to 48 schools and $4 million for 2011–2012; 59 schools and $5.1 million for 2012–2013; $5 million to 59 schools in 2013–2014; and $5.25 million this year to 58 schools.