A bill filed in the Kentucky Senate would provide incentive pay for Advanced Placement (AP) teachers in Kentucky. Senate Bill 13 would expand on a current privately funded initiative, Advance Kentucky , which provides pay incentives to AP math and science teachers in 44 participating schools across Kentucky for improving students’ scores on math and science AP examinations. Senate Bill 13 would expand the number of schools where teachers would be eligible for these incentives. The bill was approved today by the Senate Education Committee and will move forward for full Senate consideration. If passed, it would come at an initial price tag of $1.2 million to the commonwealth and the cost would increase as additional schools came onboard.
Although this measure would impact a relatively small number of teachers in Kentucky, if it is passed it could represent a growing willingness to consider models of teacher compensation outside of the traditional, regimented teacher salary schedule. Policymakers and education officials should begin to consider such ideas now; for I believe the day is near when they will be forced to dramatically revamp if not completely abandon current traditional notions of how teachers should be rewarded and paid.