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Marshall superintendent defends Minnesota’s Q Comp system of teacher merit pay

Minnesota’s Q Comp system of merit pay for teachers — much beloved by Gov. Tim Pawlenty but criticized in recent audit reports — has worked well in Marshall, says the district’s superintendent.

“I know the concern – everybody gets a raise — that’s the concern that gets raised by Legislators and it’s the concern raised in the legislative auditor’s report,” Marshall School District Superintendent Klint Willert told the Marshall Independent.

But that’s not a fair depiction, he said, because Q Comp in Marshall is tied to individual teacher goals, the school building ‘sgoals and district goals.

Seventy-two districts in the state use Q Comp; 11, including Marshall, have used the program for three or more years.

While some schools use Q Comp to pay every teacher a stipend for a professional day that they are required to attend, Marshall doesn’t,  Willert said. And while some might believe the system should use strict evaluations of teachers, Marshall uses the goals and more of a teacher-and-coach mentor model, he said.

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