MIAMI (CBS4/ AP) – The nation’s fourth largest school district dismisses the fewest teachers for poor performance, according to a group that analyzes teacher quality.

No more than 10 teachers out of more than 20,000 were dismissed for poor performance in the 2010-11 school year, The National Council on Teacher Quality found.

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The study released Thursday also states the district was unable to provide data indicating the number of teachers evaluated in the last three years. The district was not able to provide a breakdown showing how teachers performed either.

The district disputes both findings, saying more than 1,000 teachers have not been rehired in the last three years because of poor performance. It said all teachers are evaluated.

Back in May 2011, CBS4 News reported that The Miami-Dade school district became one of the first in the nation to launch a merit pay program — one that could propel top teachers to more than $100,000 in compensation.

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The incentive money, which would come from federal stimulus funding, could be given out as early as this summer, if the plan is approved by the Florida Department of Education, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Alberto Carvalho anticipates 90 percent of teachers would receive some amount of performance pay. Most would earn between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars as a one-time stipend.

The top 120 teachers, as measured by student improvement, would receive an additional $25,000 stipend, Carvalho said.

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