Chicago TAP 


The Chicago Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) is based on the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching’s proven school-improvement model, the Teacher Advancement Program. The TAP program is tailored for Chicago, and now expands on the national model by making all staff members, in addition to educators, eligible for compensation.


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant, CPS is collaborating with several partners to implement a comprehensive and aligned system which includes performance-based compensation, classroom observations, job-embedded professional development, and school-based career opportunities for teachers and principals.


Our partners include:

  • Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)
  • Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA)
  • National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)/TAP
  • The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund)


  • Improve student achievement gains in participating schools
  • Attract and retain quality teachers in Chicago’s high-need schools
  • Decrease teacher turnover rates in participating schools
  • Successfully implement TAP in 40 schools, based on the TAP standards

Program benefits

  • Create an enhanced teaching environment with opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, classroom observations, and performance-based compensation
  • Unify schools, making all staff an integral component in student achievement and success, and by providing students with a higher-quality education experience
  • Provide principals with a proven process and tools to structure and drive instructional change
  • Offer a roadmap for quality teaching and ongoing instructional support
  • Nurture a professional learning community that encourages sharing best practices


Chicago TAP reinforces the district’s theory that improved instruction will lead to improved student learning. For additional information and to learn about upcoming information sessions visit Chicago TAP.


For questions, or to schedule an information session at your school, contact Chicago TAP at

Page Last Modified on Monday, August 08, 2011

Contact information

Chicago TAP
125 South Clark Street
2nd Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-2647
Fax: (773) 553-1071