ERIC Number: ED255513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Incentives for Excellence in America's Schools. A Report from the ASCD Task Force on Merit Pay and Career Ladders.
Brandt, Ron, Ed.; Dronka, Pamela, Ed.
The current debate about merit pay and career ladders requires that educators, board members, and the general public examine more closely the assumptions that are made about schools and the teachers in them. In this monograph, the complex issues surrounding the question of merit pay and career ladders are addressed. Six common perceptions on the part of the public on the subject of teachers, teaching, and compensation are discussed. A brief history of merit pay and career ladders illustrates the political and administrative problems involved. It is suggested that in responding to such initiatives and before designing merit pay and career ladder programs, the political, economic, and cultural contexts of particular states or school systems must be considered. It is recommended that any decision to implement a pay incentive program should be an informed choice that recognizes all pertinent local variables and clearly comprehends available options. (JD)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Incentives, Merit Pay, Public Opinion, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Salaries, Teaching (Occupation)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 225 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.