Q Comp

Quality Compensation law (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 four components of the law. The four components under Q Comp include Career Ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, and Performance Pay and 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 and the Perpich Center for the Arts receive approximately $254 per student in state aid through an equalized levy, since these entities do not have authority to impose local tax levies. Intermediate, Education and Cooperative Districts receive $3,000 per teacher in state aid.

Currently, 105 school districts, 77 charter schools, one intermediate district and one education district have implemented programs or have been approved to implement Q Comp for the 2017-18 school year. These programs serve approximately half of the students in Minnesota public schools. There are an additional 22 school districts, charter schools and education districts on the waiting list for funding.

While there is currently no funding available for additional Q Comp programs in the 2017-18 school year, interested districts/charter schools may submit an application by one of the following dates to join the waiting list: October 15, 2017, January 15, 2018 or March 15, 2018.  

Application

The Minnesota Department of Education offers Q Comp Application Writing Workshops upon request for districts and charter schools interested in learning about the application process and developing an application for submission during the 2017-18 school year. To request assistance, contact mde.q-comp@state.mn.us. Currently, there is a waiting list for Q Comp funding.

  • Q Comp Model Plan for Rural Districts  - 9/6/17
    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.
  • Q Comp Application Form  - 7/27/17
    This is the document districts, sites and charter schools are asked to complete to apply for Q Comp. The deadlines for 2017-18 Q Comp applications are October 15, 2017; January 15, 2018; and March 15, 2018.
  • 2018-19 Charter School Letter of Intent   pdf iconPDF  - 3/8/17
    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.
  • 2018-19 District Letter of Intent   pdf iconPDF  - 3/8/17
    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.
  • What is Job-Embedded Professional Development?  - 7/31/15
    This document describes professional development within schools focused on quality instruction and student achievement.

Implementation

  • Site Goal Update Form  - 7/12/18
    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).
  • Q Comp Program Funding Update  - 6/13/18
    This memorandum outlines for districts the Q Comp funding change for the 2018-19 school year.
  • 2019 Summary Q Comp Funding Proration  - 6/13/18
    This spreadsheet details the funding impact for Q Comp participants based on the funding changed outlined in the June 13, 2018, Memorandum.
  • Q Comp Program Update Form 2018-19  - 3/14/18
    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. (Please note: You only need to submit this form if there are changes to your Q Comp program).
  • Q Comp Requirements and Guiding Principles  - 8/23/17
    Districts and charter schools should use this document for writing, updating, implementing and reviewing plans.
  • Q Comp Activity Funds  - 7/19/17
    This document outlines the ways Q Comp can be used in each implementing district
  • Q Comp Program Annual Timeline  - 9/29/16
    This document provides Q Comp coordinators and oversight teams with an annual timeline of activities.
  • Goals and Data: Other Standardized Assessments  - 5/10/16
    9 minutes - This presentation examines measuring growth using standardized assessments (not MCA) and communicating it in a SMART goal.

Review and Report

  • Q Comp Review and Report Guidelines  - 4/27/18
    This PowerPoint provides detailed information on all steps in the Q Comp Review and Report process.
  • Q Comp Annual Report Template   - 4/25/18
    This template, which districts may adjust as they wish, is designed to help districts formulate their Q Comp Annual Report for their school board. NOTE: The Annual Report must be submitted to the school board annually by June 15.
  • Site Review Report   - 4/25/18
    This template, which district may adjust as needed, is for use by districts when conducting the site review portion of a program review outlined in the Program Review Guidelines. The standards that the program should be assessed against can be found in the Q Comp Requirements and Guiding Principles document available above.
  • Q Comp Program Review Interview Questions   - 4/24/18
    These questions, which districts may adjust as needed, are for use by districts when conducting the site review portion of a program review outlined in the Q Comp Program Review Guidelines.
  • Performance Pay Template  - 4/24/18
    This template, which district may adjust as needed, is for use by districts when conducting the document review portion of a program review outlined in the Program Review Guidelines.
  • Teacher Observation-Evaluation Template  - 4/24/18
    This template, which district may adjust as needed, is for use by districts when conducting the document review portion of a program review outlined in the Program Review Guidelines.
  • Job-Embedded Professional Development Template 2016-17:  - 4/24/18
    This template, which district may adjust as needed, is for use by districts when conducting the document review portion of a program review outlined in the Program Review Guidelines.
  • Teacher Leaders Template   - 4/24/18
    This template, which district may adjust as needed, is for use by districts when conducting the document review portion of a program review outlined in the Program Review Guidelines.