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Current State Policies that Reform Teacher Pay: An Examination of Pay-for-Performance Programs in Eight States

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): Center for American Progress

Author(s): Robin Chait

Funder(s): Center for American Progress; Joyce Foundation

Funder(s): Center for American Progress; Joyce Foundation

Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Teacher pay; education; state-level policies

Type: Report


In CAP’s recent report, “Teacher Pay Reforms,” researcher Dan Goldhaber found that teacher pay reform is much more likely to be successful if it takes place at the state level. States are more likely to implement successful reforms because they have greater capacity to implement the data systems needed to identify areas of need, assess teacher performance, and implement a differentiated pay system. This paper therefore focuses on how state-level policies and programs are currently implementing differential pay.