Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay

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According to The New Teacher Project’s report, almost 90% of American school districts use a “lockstep” system to pay teachers, rewarding them for longevity or advanced degrees. This report identifies 3 critical problems with that scheme: (1) Barring noble exceptions, the best and brightest are not attracted to the profession because starting salaries are too low; (2) The talented feel pressure to leave, while the less successful feel encouraged to stay; and (3) Great teachers don’t have incentives to work in high-need schools because they aren’t rewarded for taking tough assignments.

But there’s hope: Check out the case studies at the end of the paper for inspiring examples of places that have shifted the approach to teacher payment. Read it here.