2011 Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Iowa no longer supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects.
Iowa does not support differential pay for those teaching in high-needs schools, even though the state does not have 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.
Iowa should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
Iowa recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.