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The CSAP Exceeds Expectations element rewards ProComp teachers whose students' growth exceed the expected norms on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Because the element is based on CSAP growth for a group of like students from the previous year, it is available only to teachers in 4th through 10th grades in math and language arts.
For the 2007-'08 school year through the 2011-'12 school year, the threshold for growth is as follows:
- To receive the Exceeds Expectations incentive under ProComp, a teacher must see at least 50% of students in an eligible subject area attain the 55th percentile or higher for statewide student growth using Colorado's Student Growth Indicator.
- Teachers and students are determined to be eligible for the incentive based on rules approved by the Transition Team in fall 2006.
- The teacher must be teaching 4th - 10th grade students to qualify for the incentive.
- Employee must be actively enrolled in ProComp and have served a minimum of 89 days in AB or AV status (measured from the start of the school year to the CSAP testing date) to qualify for this incentive.
- If a teacher is the single primary teacher for a group of students, (e.g.: teaching all subjects including math, reading and writing to a single classroom all day), the teacher is eligible for this incentive.
- Teacher must teach at least one math or language arts course, CDE code of 0500 (Language Arts) or 1100 (Math), with qualified students, to qualify for this incentive. For a list of courses that will be eligible in the 2012-2013 school year click here.
- If a teacher is assigned an Elementary Ed CDE code of 0010 and if he or she is platooning and teaching math or language arts, that employee is eligible for this incentive. Note: Language arts means reading or writing.
- The employee must be in ProComp and have served at the school for a minimum of 89 days in AB or AV status (measured from the start of the school year to the CSAP testing date) to be eligible for this incentive.
- Employee must be actively enrolled in ProComp and must have a status of active with benefits (AB), Active with J1 Visa-no PERA (AV), leave with pay (LP), leave summer pay/benefits (LR), or FMLA leave (LF) or Leave with full pay J1 Visa-No PERA (LV) at time of payout to be eligible for this incentive.
- An employee who leaves the DCTA Bargaining Unit or goes on unpaid leave after earning the Exceeds Expectations incentive, but before it is paid, is eligible for payment if they return to a position covered by the DCTA bargaining Unit before May 31st of the year following the year the incentive was earned in AB, AV, LP, LR, LF or LV status.
- An employee must teach at least 10 qualified students (see student eligibility below) in their subject area to be eligible for this incentive.
- A minimum percentage of students must meet the growth threshold for a teacher to be eligible for this incentive. The minimum percentage is approved by the Transition Team.
- A student must have a pair of scores to be considered "qualified". Definition: A pair of scores is defined as having two consecutive years (last year and 2 year ago) of scores in the same course content area:
- If the student does not have a pair of scores to compare, they are disqualified from adding to the count towards teacher eligibility.
- Students must be enrolled for at least 85% of the length of the course offered and must attend at least 85% of that enrollment time in that course for the student to be considered "qualified".
- Payout is a lump sum bonus of 6.4% of the index.
- Employee will receive the prorated percentage of the incentive, based on their FTE at time of service.
- Payout is made at the earliest possible time in the fall of the following year.