TWIN FALLS -- Teachers will soon find out whether they've earned a performance bonus under Idaho's new merit pay plan.

The Times-News reports the state Department of Education plans to release the data early next week. Public school districts and charter schools will have a month to appeal any of the information being used to calculate the merit pay bonuses, which are based on things like student achievement gains.

The pay-for-performance money is scheduled to be paid out Nov. 15, when districts receive their third installment of state funding for the academic year. The bonuses are, however, part of a reform package being challenged at ballot box and must first pass voter muster Nov. 6.

Teachers must meet state and local benchmarks under the merit pay plan.

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