Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Wisconsin does not support differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects. However, the state has no regulatory language that would directly block districts from providing differential pay.
A teacher can earn additional pay by working in schools classified as high-needs. Teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive $2,000 in the first year of certification and a $2,500 annual supplement for the remaining nine years of certification. Those teachers who are teaching in schools where at least 60 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches may receive an additional $2,500 per year.
Wisconsin Statutes 115.42
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in subject shortage areas.
Wisconsin should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
Wisconsin recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.