What is Q Comp?

What is Q Comp in 2015-16?


Q Comp is a voluntary program that allows our administration and EM-DL 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

Q Comp must: (1) describe how teachers can achieve career advancement and additional compensation; (2) describe how the school district will provide teachers with career advancement options that allow teachers to retain primary roles in student instruction and facilitate site-focused professional development that helps other teachers improve their skills.

  • Job-embedded Professional Development   

Q Comp must: (4) provide for participation in job-embedded learning opportunities such as professional learning communities to improve instructional skills and learning that are aligned with student needs under section 122A.413, consistent with staff development plan under section 122A.60 and led during the school day by trained teacher leaders such as master and mentor teachers.

  • Teacher Evaluation

Q Comp must establish a three-year professional review cycle for each teacher that includes an individual growth and development plan, a peer review process, and at least one summative evaluation performed by a qualified and trained evaluator such as a school administrator. For the years when a tenured teacher is not evaluated by a qualified and trained evaluation, the teacher must be evaluated by peer review.

  • Performance Pay AND Alternative Salary Schedule

Q Comp must reform the “steps and lanes” salary schedule, prevent any teacher’s compensation paid before implementing the pay system from being reduced as a result of participating in this system, base at least 60 percent of any compensation increase on teacher performance using: (i) schoolwide student achievement gains or locally selected standardized assessment outcomes, or both; measures of student growth and literacy that may include value-added models or student learning goals, and other measures that include the academic literacy, oral academic language, and achievement of English learners; and an objective evaluation program.


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.


Good info to know:

  • Q Comp must be voted and agreed on by both teachers and administration/School Board.  

  • If a majority of the teachers and/or district/School Board vote to dissolve the Q Comp agreement, it can happen quickly.

  • A teacher cannot go backwards on the salary scale, if we join Q Comp.

Subpages (1): Q Comp Proposal Feb 2016