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Teacher Compensation Systems in the United States K-12 Public School System

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  • Podgursky, Michael
  • Springer, Matthew

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This paper provides a review of the current teacher compensation system and examines the structure of teacher compensation in the U.S. K-12 public education system. Teacher salaries are largely set by schedules that are neither performance related nor market-driven, and have significant consequences on school staffing and workforce quality. The second section summarizes the recent literature on compensation reform, with an emphasis on studies using experimental or quasiexperimental designs to evaluate the impact of programs on student achievement and teacher outcomes. A final section offers observations on prospects for future research and reforms.

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  • Podgursky, Michael & Springer, Matthew, 2011. "Teacher Compensation Systems in the United States K-12 Public School System," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 64(1), pages 165-192, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:64:y:2011:i:1:p:165-92
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    1. Camargo, Braz & Camelo, Rafael & Firpo, Sergio & Ponczek, Vladimir, 2014. "Information, Market Incentives, and Student Performance," IZA Discussion Papers 7941, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Matthew G. Springer & Dale Ballou & Art (Xiao) Peng, 2014. "Estimated Effect of the Teacher Advancement Program on Student Test Score Gains," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 9(2), pages 193-230, March.
    3. Balch, Ryan & Springer, Matthew G., 2015. "Performance pay, test scores, and student learning objectives," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 114-125.
    4. Nirav Mehta, 2014. "Targeting the Wrong Teachers: Estimating Teacher Quality for Use in Accountability Regimes," University of Western Ontario, Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP) Working Papers 20143, University of Western Ontario, Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP).

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