Teacher Compensation Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-need areas. This goal is reorganized for 2021.
Shortage-subject Areas: Although Texas does not explicitly support differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects, the state does have a number of loan repayment assistance programs available for teachers in shortage areas.
Texas Education Code 48.112 and 61.701;702 and 56.351 through 355 and 61.9831 through .9836 19 Texas Administrative Code 23.31 through 23.36 and 19 TAC 23.286 through 23.294 Teach For Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program http://www.hhloans.com/index.cfm?ObjectID=A85B6795-9731-B000-C93CA1848B604DB8
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in shortage-subject areas.
Texas should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
Texas recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. However this analysis was updated subsequent to the state's review.
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.