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, 69 Minnesota school districts and 66 charter schools have implemented programs or have been approved to implement Q Comp for the 2013-14 school year. These programs serve 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.
Q Comp Application Guidelines
Guidelines for completing the application for Quality Compensation. Updated August 2015.
Q Comp Application Form
Updated August 2015. This is the document districts, sites and charter schools are asked to complete to apply for Q Comp. The deadlines for 2015-16 Q Comp applications are November 15, 2015; February 15, 2016; and May 15, 2016.
What is Job-Embedded Professional Development?
This document describes professional development within schools focused on quality instruction and student achievement.
2015-16 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.
Q Comp Model Plan for Rural Districts
This document includes a needs assessment to help all districts, sites and charter schools plan for their application and provides examples of various plan elements for rural districts.
2015-16 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 identify what professional development opportunities might need to be provided for interested charter schools.
Goals and Data: Other Standardized Assessments - 6/26/15
9 minutes - This presentation examines measuring growth using standardized assessments (not MCA) and communicating it in a SMART goal.
Site Goal Update Form
All districts implementing Q Comp use this form as a means of updating annual site goals as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.414, subdivision 3(a). If updating multiple goals at a site, click on Site Goal Update Form to access a Word version. If updating a single goal at a site, click on PDF.
Charter - Educator Development and Evaluation and Q Comp Letters of Assurance
The letters of assurance form for charters includes teacher development and evaluation and Q Comp. Those charters that do not participate in Q Comp may leave page 3 blank. Due August 31, 2015.
District - Educator Development and Evaluation and Q Comp Letters of Assurance
The letters of assurance form for districts includes principal development and evaluation, teacher development and evaluation, and Q Comp. Those districts that do not participate in Q Comp may leave page 4 blank. Due August 31, 2015.
Q Comp Requirements and Guiding Principles
Districts and charter schools should use this document for writing, updating, implementing and reviewing plans.
Q Comp Program Update Form 2015-16
This form is to be used by all implementing districts and charter schools to provide information to MDE regarding changes to the approved Q Comp program.
Continuous Improvement Model for Q Comp
This continuous improvement model provides a process for implementing a Q Comp plan and identifies a timeline that can be adjusted to the unique aspects of any school.
Aligning Q Comp and Teacher Growth and Evaluation Requirements
This planning process will assist district teams to blend the requirements of Q Comp and the Minnesota teacher evaluation statutes. The process will inform the design of the district’s three-year professional review cycle.
Q Comp Activity Funds
This document outlines the ways Q Comp can be used in each implementing district
Review and Report
2014-15 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.