State of the States 2022: Teacher Compensation Strategies

State policies on teacher salaries play an important role in district implementation. The state policy sets the framework for the local design of salary schedules that can help secure a high-quality teacher workforce—or create barriers—and states can also provide funds for districts to use additional pay to offer incentives targeted to district needs. This report explores data surrounding the following three teacher strategies and provides recommendations for state leaders:

  1. Differentiated pay;
  2. Performance pay, and
  3. Pay for prior work
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September 2022