Questions abound with TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. To clear up the confusion, CELL collected and answered the TAP™ frequently asked questions of teachers and administrators. Have a question that hasn’t been answered? Let us know by asking it here.General TAP™ FAQs:
What is TAP?
What are the four TAP Elements of Success?
What impact has TAP had on student achievement and teacher effectiveness?
How many schools already are doing TAP across the country?
How and when did TAP come to Indiana?
Will my salary change if our school becomes a TAP school?
What happens to the existing initiatives in TAP schools?
What will happen when the Indiana TIF funding runs out? Will TAP continue?
Do teachers have any say in whether or not TAP comes to a school?
How long does it take to implement TAP into a school?
Do TAP schools need to schedule/attend additional meetings?
Are TAP schools required to collect additional student achievement data?
Can I lose money with TAP?
Will TAP make a school day longer?
How is TAP different from “merit pay” programs tried in the past?
How does TAP apply to school personnel working in other capacities besides those of a classroom teacher?
What do multiple career paths mean?
What are the roles and responsibilities of a career teacher?
What are the roles and responsibilities of a mentor teacher?
What are the roles and responsibilities of a master teacher?
What are the requirements to become a mentor or master teacher?
What do I need to do to become a mentor or master teacher?
Once hired, is there special TAP training for mentor and master teachers?
Are mentor or master teachers on their own, or do they work as part of a team?
How much time does it take to be a master or mentor teacher?
Are master and mentor teachers able to earn bonus awards like career teachers?
Who evaluates master and mentor teachers?
How does TAP benefit a career teacher?
What kind of professional development do TAP schools receive?
What are cluster groups? How are teachers assigned to a cluster group?
What do teachers do in cluster groups?
Do TAP schools have to create new lesson plans with the strategies learned in cluster groups?
Is any additional support provided outside of TAP cluster groups?
Will all the teachers in a TAP school be members of a cluster group? What about specialist teachers?
Who is in charge of TAP cluster groups?
How much time is spent in TAP cluster group meetings?
What do students do while their teacher is in a cluster meeting?
Are cluster groups evaluated and if so, how?
How are TAP teachers evaluated? What is the TAP Performance-Based Accountability System?
What are the TAP Teaching Standards and scoring rubrics?
What happens before and after a TAP evaluation?
What type of support will I receive to ensure that I do well on the TAP evaluations?
Will everyone be evaluated using the same standards? How will special education teachers, counselors, and related-arts teachers be evaluated?
Will everyone in a TAP school be evaluated? Who evaluates master and mentor teachers?
Can TAP evaluations be used to reprimand or release teachers?
What is TAP performance-based compensation?
Who will be eligible for TAP performance awards?
How much is the TAP performance-based bonus award?
How are the TAP bonus awards calculated?
Is the TAP performance-based compensation system fair when 50% of the bonus award is based on student performance? What about the teachers working with the most difficult students in school?
Is data for students who have only been in school a portion of the school year included when calculating value-added student achievement?
How do the bonus award pools work? Are TAP teachers in competition for award money with their fellow teachers?