The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Nevada supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects. The state provides that those teaching mathematics, science, special education, English as a second language or those in "other areas of need" may be compensated up to an additional $3,500 annually if the state superintendent has deemed the subject to be an area of need in the school district.
Nevada also supports differential pay for those teaching in high-needs schools. Teachers in "at-risk" schools, as determined by the department, are eligible for an additional $3,500 per year.
In addition, teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive an annual 5-percent salary increase. However, this differential pay is not tied to high-needs schools or subject-area shortages.
Nevada Revised Statutes 391.160; 391.166
Consider tying National Board supplements to teaching in high-needs schools.
This differential pay could be an incentive to attract some of the state's most effective teachers to its low-performing schools.
Nevada recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.