HISD Board of Education to Consider Approving Performance Pay Model for the Secondary Reading Initiative

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education today is scheduled to consider approving the performance pay model for the Secondary Reading Initiative for the 2012-2013 school year.

The SRI was created to target students in the sixth and ninth grade who are reading below the 50th percentile as measured by the Stanford Achievement Test.  The SRI is an important component of the HISD Literacy Initiative which is aimed at improving the overall literacy skills of Houston students.   The initiative is also designed to help all students read at or above grade level by the third grade.

“Research tells us that students who are not reading on grade level are at the highest risk of dropping out of school,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “This is why it is so important that we give our great teachers the resources they need to get all of our students back on a path to college readiness.”

HISD has identified approximately 175 teachers who will provide supplemental reading classes to students on each campus.  The SRI provides an incentive program of up to $10,000 to reward teachers for their efforts to improve the reading performance of students in reading intervention classes.

The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 08, 2012 in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092).

The board is scheduled to receive status updates on a number of projects and vote on several programs, contracts and grants. For a full copy of the Board meeting agenda, click here.  The board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99.