ERIC Number: ED493052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reforming Teacher Pay: The Search for a Workable Goal-Driven Compensation System. Policy Trends
Makkonen, Reino; Arnold, Kristin
How teachers are paid is once again a hot policy topic, with governors from both parties, a number of legislators, and diverse states and districts calling for a shift away from what has been primarily a seniority-based system. Instead, many would like to see a system tied more closely to desired results, whether student outcomes or a more equitable distribution of qualified teachers. This "Policy Trends" examines the growing interest in differentiated compensation, identifying the various purposes for which it is used and explaining why, among its different purposes, rewarding educators for improving student performance remains the most challenging. Finally, drawing on the literature and recent interviews with districts across the country that are implementing some form of differentiated compensation, it outlines some key considerations for developing a system. (Contains 26 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Interviews, Educational Policy, School Districts, Job Performance
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.