PICCS History

PICCS was originally launched in 2007 with a grant from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) to bring together 10 New York City-based public charter schools to create a performance-based compensation system. The original design of PICCS focused on annual incentives (one-time payouts) based on an annual evaluation process that included multiple measures of performance.


In 2010, PICCS expanded to include six more NYC-based charter schools and five charter schools in Buffalo, NY. Under the TIF grant that funds the 2010 cohort, PICCS refined several aspects of its performance-based compensation system, including formalization of professional development services required to effectively implement such a compensation system, including creation of professional learning communities and data cultures at all of the schools.


In 2012, PICCS expanded again to include 11 more charter schools located in New York City and across New Jersey State. The 2012 expansion provided an opportunity for the PICCS team to learn from the first five years of the project and establish a much more thorough and comprehensive design plan for PICCS as it is being implemented in the newest cohort of schools. The 2012 model focuses on establishing human capital management systems (HCMS) in all of the schools. An HCMS approach brings together all of the elements of PICCS that have emerged over the first five years in order to achieve the original goal of PICCS: establishing performance-based compensation systems that could drive continuous school improvement at participating schools.


To date, PICCS has been awarded approximately $49 million in Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants to develop and implement human capital management systems in high-need public charter schools.