Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support performance pay but in a manner that recognizes its appropriate uses and limitations.
Arizona supports a performance pay initiative. The state's Career Ladder Program provides teachers with opportunities for advancement based on "improved or advanced teaching skills, evidence of pupil academic progress and higher-level instructional responsibilities."
The program requires that the placement of teachers on the Career Ladder be based on more than one measure of performance, including increasingly higher levels of student academic progress, the use of various methods of progress assessments by local districts and procedures for review of student progress. The restructured salary schedule must be based on performance and not on experience and education.
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-918.02
Arizona recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.