Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Alaska neither supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects nor offers incentives to teach in high-needs schools. However, the state has no regulatory language that would directly block districts from providing differential pay.
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in both subject shortage areas and high-needs schools.
Alaska should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
Alaska recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.