Dallas school board opts to tie pay to performance

The Dallas school board has voted to alter the way teachers are paid by approving an evaluation system that ties their pay to performance.

Teachers currently are paid based on years of service and advanced degrees. But the board voted late Thursday to determine their pay based on points accumulated in their two most recent evaluations. Classroom performance will constitute 50 percent of an evaluation while student test scores will account for 35 percent and student surveys the resulting 15 percent.

The new system will be launched in the next school year, and changes to the salary structure the following year. Critics question whether the move will have any effect on student performance.