Teacher Compensation Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-need areas. This goal was consistent between 2015 and 2017.
Shortage-Subject Areas: Ohio has deemed special education, science, and mathematics as shortage-subject areas and funds a grant program for local districts that provides incentives to attract qualified teachers in these areas. However, no grant has been funded or implemented.
High-Need Schools: Ohio requires that to receive a grant that provides incentives to attract qualified teachers in shortage areas, the school must be deemed hard to staff, as defined by the state. However, no grant has been funded or implemented.
Ohio Revised Code 3319.57
Prioritize funding for teaching in shortage-subject areas and at high-need schools.
Ohio is commended for delineating strong policy to support differential pay. NCTQ encourages the state to prioritize funding for teachers who teach in shortage-subject areas and at high-need schools.
Ohio was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis.
8B: High-Need Schools and Subjects
States should help address chronic shortages and needs. States should ensure that state-level policies (such as a uniform salary schedule) do not interfere with districts' flexibility in compensating teachers in ways that best meet their individual needs and resources. However, when it comes to addressing chronic shortages, states should do more than simply get out of the way. They should provide direct support for differential pay for effective teaching in shortage subject areas and high-need schools. Attracting effective and qualified teachers to high-need schools or filling vacancies in hard-to-staff subjects are problems that are frequently beyond a district's ability to solve. States that provide direct support for differential pay in these areas are taking an important step in promoting the equitable distribution of quality teachers. Short of providing direct support, states can also use policy levers to indicate to districts that differential pay is not only permissible but necessary.