The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subject areas or by teaching in high-needs school.
Through IMPACTplus, DCPS offers annual bonuses for teaching "high-needs" subject areas. For the 2010-11 school year, the following subjects qualify: special education, English as a second language, bilingual education, secondary math and secondary science. DSPC also offers annual bonuses for teaching in "high-poverty schools," defined as schools that have 60 percent or higher of free and reduced-price lunches.
However, these are not state-level policies and only apply to DCPS.
http://www.dc.gov/DCPS/In+the+Classroom/Ensuring+Teacher+Success/IMPACT+%28Performance+Assessment%29/IMPACT+Guidebooks NBPTS DC 2010 http://www.nbpts.org/resources/state_local_information/state_profiles DCPS Collective Bargaining Agreement http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Files/downloads/ABOUT%20DCPS/Press/Final-WTU-DCPS-Tentative-Agreement.pdf
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in both subject shortage areas and high-needs schools.
The District of Columbia should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
The District of Columbia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.