ERIC Number: ED485243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Focus on Teacher Pay and Incentives: Recent Legislative Actions and Update on Salary Averages. Challenge to Lead
Gaines, Gale F.
Southern Regional Education Board
Is your state making progress toward having a high-quality teacher in every classroom? How will you know? One indicator of progress in the Challenge to Lead goals refers to teacher compensation: "Salaries, benefits and incentives are competitive in the marketplace. They are aimed at recognized expertise, student performance, state needs and taking on additional or different roles to improve curriculum and instruction." Teacher compensation is one important part of the effort to attract and retain high quality teachers. The economic slowdown of the last few years (from which some states are beginning to see some relief ) has impeded states' ability to provide pay raises, cover the increasing costs of retirement and health insurance programs, and fund initiatives that affect staffing (such as efforts to reduce class sizes or offer summer instruction). Budget constraints, along with state and federal efforts to raise student achievement, make it even more critical for states to make the right decisions about compensation. The decisions they make must be effective in drawing the most qualified candidates to teaching, keeping the best teachers and supporting efforts to raise student achievement and to close achievement gaps.
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, State Legislation, Rewards, Teacher Persistence, Geographic Regions, Teacher Recruitment
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5776. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.