Evaluation of: Denver Public Schools Professional Compensation System for Teachers (ProComp)

ProComp is the pay for performance system developed collaboratively by Denver Public Schools and the teachers union, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). Teachers receive incentives for increased knowledge and skills, satisfactory professional evaluations, and student achievement. There are also market incentives for working in a Hard to Serve school and Hard to Staff positions.

The evaluation of ProComp consists of a multi-year study of the impact of ProComp on student achievement, recruitment and retention of quality teachers, and implementation of a sustainable, manageable, understandable compensation system. The evaluation of ProComp utilizes mixed methods that included quantitative and qualitative analyses of surveys, interviews, and existing data bases including longitudinal demographic and student achievement data.

This is a collaborative project of The Evaluation Center and the Center for Education Policy Analysis.

Final report:

Executive Summary: Making a Difference in Education Reform, ProComp External Evaluation Report

Final Report: Making a Difference in Education Reform, ProComp External Evaluation Report


Press Release:

Denver Public Schools Press Release


In the News:

Study: DPS’ pay for performance plan is working

ProComp findings positive, tough to prove

DPS teacher-pay system likely boosting student achievement, study finds

Pay-for-performance program pays off for Denver Public Schools



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