The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
West Virginia neither supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects nor offers incentives to teach in high-needs schools. However, the state has no regulatory language that would directly block districts from providing differential pay.
Teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive a $3,500 annual stipend. However, this differential pay is not tied to high-needs schools or subject-area shortages.
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in both subject shortage areas and high-needs schools.
West Virginia should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
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.
West Virginia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.