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PRESS RELEASE

March 17, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Appoints E-Comp Advisory Committee

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today appointed an advisory committee for E-Comp, the recently announced performance-pay plan for Florida teachers. The E-Comp Advisory Committee will serve as a forum to discuss issues associated with the statutorily required implementation of E-Comp, including options available to school districts to ensure compliance with the four-year-old law that requires a portion of every teacher's pay to be based on student achievement and the recognition of outstanding teachers with a bonus of at least 5 percent of their salary.

"A quality teacher is critical to the academic success of students, which is why it is so important that those teachers who are highly effective are recognized and rewarded for their accomplishments," said Commissioner Winn. "I look forward to working closely with the advisory committee to ensure E-Comp is faithfully implemented, not only because we are obligated to do so by law, but because it is the right thing to do. Florida is fortunate to have so many outstanding teachers and we should, at a bare minimum, recognize the state's top 10 percent."

Members will advise the Education Commissioner on ways to provide districts with implementation flexibility, assist in providing answers to questions not addressed in the rule regarding E-Comp, and share innovative ideas to improve teacher evaluation systems across the state. The advisory committee is a representative group composed of Florida teachers, superintendents, principals and other education professionals.

Serving on the 23-member advisory committee are:

  • David Mosrie, Executive Director, Florida Association of District School Superintendents
  • Max Schmidt, Executive Director, Florida School Labor Relations Service
  • Joel Herbst, President, Florida Association of School Administrators
  • Bruce Proud, Professional Development Specialist, Florida Education Association
  • Mary Ellen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County
  • Don Gaetz, Superintendent, Okaloosa County
  • Roger Dearing, Superintendent, Manatee County
  • Bill Montford, Superintendent, Leon County
  • Janice Boyd, Principal, Gray Middle School, Lake County
  • Ira Paul, math teacher, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School, Miami-Dade County
  • Crissy Cuenca, language arts teacher, Southwood Middle School, Miami-Dade County
  • Matt Coleman, elementary school teacher, Pathways Elementary School, Volusia County
  • Ivette Martinez-Hill, teacher and reading coach, Robert Morgan Educational Center, Miami-Dade County
  • Fred Williams, career education teacher, McFatter Technical School, Broward County
  • Federick Ingram, Band Director, Miami Carol City Senior High School, Miami-Dade County
  • Evelyn Pender, art teacher, Kate Sullivan Elementary School, Leon County
  • B.T. Hinson, physical education teacher, Brown Elementary School, Franklin County
  • Cathy Purdon, elementary school teacher, Oriole Beach Elementary School, Santa Rosa County
  • Jay Lowe, history teacher, Bak Middle School of the Arts , Palm Beach County
  • Stephanie Kraft, School Board Member, Broward County
  • Sue Ranew, Human Resources Director, St. Lucie County School District
  • Gordon Butler, Assessment Director, Volusia County School District
  • Judy Preston, Finance Director, Brevard County School District

The first meeting of the E-Comp Advisory Committee will be a conference call scheduled to take place April 6, 2006.

The E-Comp, or "Effectiveness Compensation" plan, awards high-performing teachers with annual bonuses based on the academic progress of their students. Under E-Comp, a minimum of the top 10 percent of teachers will receive at least a 5 percent bonus beginning next school year. E-Comp bonuses will be available to all Florida teachers — those who teach subjects assessed by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and those who teach subjects not assessed by the FCAT.

Outstanding teachers will be identified using student achievement data from the FCAT or by objective, external measures of student achievement in subject areas and grade levels not assessed by the FCAT. The Department of Education will work in conjunction with groups of content area experts to develop an array of student achievement measures for districts to choose from when evaluating the performance of non-FCAT teachers. During the 2006-07 school year, districts will use their existing approved personnel assessment plan to identify the top 10 percent of non-FCAT teachers and give them a bonus equal to at least 5 percent of their salary.

For more information on Florida's E-Comp plan, visit www.floridaecomp.com.