Q Comp was enacted through a bipartisan agreement in the Minnesota Legislature in July 2005. It is a voluntary program that allows local districts and exclusive representatives of the teachers to design and collectively bargain a plan that meets the five components of the law. The five components under Q Comp include Career Ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Pay, and an Alternative Salary Schedule.
Approved school districts receive up to $260 per student ($169 per student in state aid and $91 per student in board-approved levy) for the program. Charter schools, integration districts, intermediate districts and the Perpich Center for the Arts receive approximately $243 per student in state aid through an equalized levy since these entities do not have authority to impose local tax levies.
Currently, 60 Minnesota school districts and 62 charter schools have implemented programs or have been approved to implement Q Comp for the 2012-13 school year. These programs serve over 540 school sites made up of approximately 19,587 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) licensed staff and 280,689 students. Many additional districts have indicated plans to submit an application for future years.
2014-15 District Letter of Intent
This form should be submitted to MDE one year in advance of when a district wishes to implement Q Comp to secure preliminary levy authority and to inform MDE that the district is working on the application. This will allow MDE to provide the necessary levy authorization and to identify what professional development opportunities might need to be provided for interested districts.
2014-15 Charter School Letter of Intent
This form should be submitted to MDE one year in advance of when a charter school wishes to implement Q Comp to inform MDE that the charter school is working on the application. This will allow MDE to to identify what professional development opportunities might need to be provided for interested charter schools.
Q Comp Model Plan for Rural Districts
The Model plan includes a planning process outlined that may be used by any district interested in applying for Q Comp to determine what existing structures on which the plan might be built. It also includes examples of many plan components to assist rural districts in developing an application.
Q Comp Application Guidelines 2012-13
Guidelines for completing the application for Quality Compensation.
Q Comp Application Form
This is the document districts, sites and charter schools are asked to complete to apply for Q Comp. The deadlines for 2013-14 Q Comp applications are November 15, 2013; February 15, 2014; and May 15, 2014.
Goals and Data: Other Standardized Assessments
- 9 minutes - This presentation examines measuring growth using standardized assessments (not MCA) and communicating it in a SMART goal.
Review and Report
2013-14 Q Comp Review and Report Guidelines
This document provides detailed information on all steps in the Q Comp Review and Report process, including information and instructions for completing the annual report form and submitting the form via SharePoint.