Published Online: August 7, 2012
Published in Print: August 8, 2012, as Teacher Pay

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"The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement: De-emphasizing the Role of Master's Degrees in Teacher Compensation"

Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars—in 2007-08, an estimated $14.8 billion, or 72 percent more than just four years earlier, according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

The Washington-based think tank’s report contends that the money could be better spent on other compensation plans, such as offering more to teachers in shortage fields, like mathematics or special education; higher salaries to retain the best teachers; or incentives to teachers who take difficult teaching assignments.

Vol. 31, Issue 37, Page 5

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