ERIC Number: ED256030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-6
Reference Count: 0
Career Ladders in Utah: An Initial Analysis.
Utah's teacher career ladder program, adopted in January 1984, differs from other states' programs in its decentralized approach. Accordingly, school districts have developed widely varying incentives, allocations of responsibilities, pay scales, and teacher evaluation procedures. Various calls for career ladders culminated in 1983 with a state-sponsored reform proposal that recommended a statewide four-step career ladder with salary increases for upper-level teachers. The final legislation, however, appropriated $15.3 million for a voluntary program that allowed districts to create their own plans and to allocate 50 percent of their program funds to increase all teachers' contract days. Besides this requirement and the stipulations that advancement be based on "effective performance" and that districts' plans result from broad-based decisions and be subject to periodic review, few restrictions were placed on districts. To meet a May 15 deadline for submitting plans to the State Office of Education, most districts formed a single planning committee consisting of teachers, parents, administrators and school board members. Most of the plans incorporated extended contract days for all teachers and advancement based more on job enlargement than performance; inadequate teacher evaluation methods probably account for these characteristics. References are included. (MCG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Excellence in Education; Nation at Risk (A); Utah State Office of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Jackson Hole, WY, October 1984).