Alaska Statutes.
Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
Chapter 3. Public Schools Generally
Section 126. Public School Performance Incentive Program.
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AS 14.03.126. Public School Performance Incentive Program.

(a) The department shall establish by regulation a program that provides, subject to appropriation, for an annual school performance incentive payment by the department to personnel employed at public schools at which students have demonstrated significant improvement in performance on statewide assessments, as determined by the department. The department shall set the amount of the school performance incentive payment, not to exceed $5,500 for each certificated employee and $2,500 for each noncertificated employee. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school performance incentive payment under this section may not be included in the calculation of benefits for purposes of AS 14.25 or AS 39.35.

(b) The department shall establish a procedure by regulation for a school performance incentive payment by the department to personnel employed at the central office of a school district in which at least one school has met the requirements for distribution of a school performance incentive payment to employees of the school. The amount paid under this subsection may not exceed five percent of the total paid to all employees at all schools eligible under this section for the school performance incentive payment in the district. A payment under this subsection

(1) may be made only to an employee who the department, in consultation with the chief school administrator of the district, determines has substantially contributed to the improvement in achievement at the schools in the district that meet the requirements for the school performance incentive payment; and

(2) may not exceed the highest school performance incentive payment paid to a certificated teacher in the district.

(c) A school district may not consider school performance incentive payments when determining salaries for school personnel. Neither a school district nor the Professional Teaching Practices Commission may consider the receipt or nonreceipt of a school performance incentive payment by a school employee when evaluating, promoting, or disciplining the employee.

(d) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, the department may not distribute a school performance incentive payment to more than 850 certificated employees annually. The limitation of this subsection does not apply to payments made under (a) or (b) of this section to noncertificated employees or school district central office personnel. The department shall include the limitation of this subsection in regulations adopted under this section.

(e) In this section,

(1) In this section, (1) "school district" means a borough school district, a city school district, a regional educational attendance area, or a state boarding school;

(2) "school performance incentive payment" means a payment under the program established under this section.

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