ERIC Number: ED453154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Salaries and State Priorities for Education Quality: A Vital Link. Educational Benchmarks 2000 Series.
Gaines, Gale F.
This report presents current information on: the goals that Southern Regional Education Board states have set for raising teacher salaries; lessons that states have learned about linking salary decisions to teacher performance and accountability; what states know about how competitive teacher salaries are; the implications of supply and demand factors for teacher compensation; state efforts to attract and retain quality teachers; and what states can do to relate improvements in teacher salaries to state priorities for education (e.g., continue to support salary goals, encourage good teachers to remain in teaching, systematically review supply and demand and teacher compensation, develop methods for determining whether teacher salaries in districts and the state are competitive, and develop a plan for tying salary decisions to student achievement and accountability). Three challenges most states face include: teacher shortages in certain subjects and areas, too few teacher education graduates going into teaching, and accountability programs calling for all children to learn at high levels, which raises the stakes for getting a quality teacher for every classroom. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, State Government, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Skills
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.