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Friday, 29th August 2008

For Public School Teachers, Evidence Supports Eliminating Pay for Credentials in Favor of Increasing Starting Salaries and Rewarding Performance Improvements

For Public School Teachers, Evidence Supports Eliminating Pay for Credentials in Favor of Increasing Starting Salaries and Rewarding Performance Improvements
Source: Hoover Institution

To strengthen recruitment and retention of quality teachers in public education, use the money currently spent rewarding teachers for extra credentials to give all beginning teachers higher salaries and larger raises in the first years of teaching. That way teachers will be rewarded for the strong improvement they make early in their career. So proposes Duke University economist Jacob Vigdor in the fall issue of Education Next.

Districts should employ an evidence-based salary schedule similar to the salary practices found in professions such as medicine and law, says Vigdor. “Doctors and lawyers reap the full rewards of competence in their profession within 10 years of entrance. Teachers must wait three times that long, even though evidence suggests that they become fully competent in their profession just as quickly,” he points out.

Vigdor notes that the available evidence suggests that the connection between extra credentials (such as getting a master’s degree) and teaching effectiveness is very weak. But the connection between a few more years of experience and teaching effectiveness is substantial. However, the effectiveness of a teacher does not change much after a teacher has been in the classroom for about five years.

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