State of the States 2022: Teacher Compensation Strategies

Salaries are one of the most powerful policy levers states and school districts can use to attract qualified, effective, and diverse teachers. However, strategic pay remains underutilized as a tool to attract and retain great teachers, particularly to the schools or subjects that are traditionally harder to staff. A new NCTQ report explores states' policy approaches to teacher compensation and offers recommendations for state leaders as they establish the framework within which districts structure teacher pay.

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