The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)


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.

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) aims to have a nation of high-caliber K-12 educators who are motivated, effective and appropriately rewarded. Its signature initiative, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, 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.

NIET 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, NIET works with its partners to redesign educator evaluation, deliver effective professional development, implement performance-based compensation systems and train teacher leaders in schools. It 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:

  • ¬†Education Preparation Partnerships

    NIET has partnerships with over 75 educator preparation programs that serve to strengthen their connection to school districts, better prepare and support new teachers and increase the placement of highly effective well-trained teachers in schools across the country.

  • Teacher and Leader Development

    With a broad, growing base of knowledge and expertise in research, policy and practice in the areas of teacher and principal effectiveness, NIET provides onsite and online coaching and support so that teachers can advance their careers while having a direct impact on the classroom. NIET provides support to help identify and develop instructional coaches, principals, district administrators and teacher leaders.

  • The TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement

    TAP is an educator-led, comprehensive school reform solution focused on attracting, developing, motivating and retaining high-quality educators. Since its introduction in 1999, the TAP System has lead to dramatically improved outcomes for students and has changed the trajectory of entire schools.

  • School Improvement Solutions

    NIET offers innovative resources to schools and districts that focus on essential aspects of exceptional instructional practice, such as teacher evaluation tools, online evaluator certification, data management software to store and analyze evaluation data, and extensive video libraries of teacher practice.