Teacher Compensation

Empirical research has shown that teacher quality is the key schooling factor explaining student achievement. Teacher compensation is an important tool for managing the quality and distribution of the teacher workforce, but right now nearly all school systems utilize a single salary schedule, which severely limits the use of pay as a managerial tool. CEDR is currently engaged in a project investigating the implications of pay reform in the Denver Public Schools, a system that has adopted an alternative (to the single salary schedule) incentive-based compensation plan. CEDR researchers have made a number of other important contributions to our knowledge about the importance of teacher compensation. For more background on this, click here.