Established by Lowell Milken in 2005, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is dedicated to providing classrooms across the country with educators who are high-caliber, highly motivated and of the highest standard in teacher effectiveness.
A key focus of NIET is supporting and managing its signature initiative, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. This comprehensive, multi-tiered system provides teachers and principals with powerful opportunities to excel, and, in turn, improve student achievement. Lowell Milken created TAP in 1999 with four elements that work together to develop the types of skilled educators all of America's students deserve. Through multiple career paths, ongoing applied professional growth, instructionally focused accountability, and performance-based compensation, TAP restructures schools and revitalizes learning environments, allowing talented educators and their students to reach higher levels of excellence.
TAP is yielding impressive student gains among tens of thousands of students around the country, particularly in districts with a history of low achievement rates. In the report, "The Effects of Performance-Based Teacher Pay on Student Achievement," by Sally Hudson and published by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Hudson concluded that TAP schools outperformed similar non-TAP schools when evaluating 151 schools in 10 states. In addition, she found that the effects of TAP on student achievement are larger and more cost-effective in comparison to other education reforms.
The Educator Effectiveness Best Practices Center (BPC) provides innovative services, support and solutions to schools, districts and states to improve educator effectiveness. Based on more than a decade of experience in schools across the country, the BPC works with its partners to redesign educator evaluation, deliver effective professional development, implement performance-based compensation systems and train teacher leaders in schools. The BPC offers a network of expert trainers and access to a range of innovative Web-based resources and tools.
With proven results and leadership in educator quality and reform, NIET works to engage schools, districts and states through:
Visit the NIET Best Practices Portal at www.nietbestpractices.org.