ERIC Number: ED461644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Focus on Teacher Salaries: What Teacher Salary Averages Don't Show.
Traditional comparisons of teacher salary averages fail to consider factors beyond pay raises that affect those averages. Salary averages do not show: regional and national variations among states' average salaries; the variation of salaries within an individual state; variations in the cost of living; the highest degree earned by teachers and the proportions of different degrees; teachers' years of experience; the effects of retirement patterns; the expanding numbers of teachers; the length of teachers' contracts; the cost of employee benefits; and priorities for quality. This paper recommends that states use other measures besides salary averages to determine whether teacher salaries are competitive and are meeting goals. If the goal is to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, state leaders must look beyond the statewide average salary to find the roadblocks to achieving that goal. They must consider the many factors affecting salary averages and examine how salary decisions can support state priorities for quality. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, State Government, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Salaries
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.