Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should encourage districts to provide compensation for related prior subject-area work experience.
In Delaware, local districts are encouraged to compensate some teachers for related prior subject-area experience. The state only awards credit for subject-related professional experience to teachers of trade and industry. This type of experience is on a year-for-year basis.
Delaware Code Title 14 Section 1312(b)
Expand policy to encourage local districts to compensate all new teachers with relevant prior work experience.
Delaware should not limit this policy to teachers of trade and industry. Such compensation would be attractive to career changers in other fields, such as in the STEM subjects.
Delaware pointed out that the state also compensates new teachers for years of service in the military. New teachers who have earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher are also awarded one year of experience. In Delaware, "years of experience" has consistently meant "years of teaching."