2011 Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should give local districts authority over pay scales.
Colorado gives local districts the authority for pay scales, eliminating barriers such as state salary schedules and other regulations that control how districts pay teachers. The state allows districts the option of adopting a salary schedule, based on job description and definition; a salary policy, "based on level of performance demonstrated by each teacher," or a combination of salary schedule and salary policy.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-63-401
Discourage districts from tying compensation to advanced degrees.
While still leaving districts the flexibility to establish their own pay scale, Colorado should articulate policies that definitively discourage districts from tying compensation to advanced degrees, in light of the extensive research showing that such degrees do not have an impact on teacher effectiveness.
Discourage salary schedules that imply that teachers with the most experience are the most effective.
Similarly, Colorado should articulate policies that discourage districts from determining the highest steps on the pay scale solely by seniority.
Colorado noted that according to the state constitution, Colorado is a local control state, and such decisions are up to the individual school districts.
NCTQ appreciates the constraints set upon the state by its constitution; however, Colorado is encouraged to examine ways within its constitutional regulations that it can articulate policy to discourage districts from tying compensation to advanced degrees and determining the highest steps on the pay scale solely by seniority.