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Georgia Salary Structure
Georgia : Georgia -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level Georgia's salary schedule is state-level and includes several diversified compensation components. The following components are:
  • §20-2-212.3 provides for salary increases for hard-to-staff subjects.
  • §20-2-212.4 provides for an additional five percent increase in teacher salary based on student performance.
  • §20-2-213 defines the career ladder program.
  • §20-2-213.1 outlines the pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity program.
  • §20-14-26 through §20-14-41 establishes a single state-wide accountability system.
Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14
Status All five diversified compensation components of the state's salary schedule appear to be ongoing.

Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

Program Description Salary increases

The state board of education identifies schools and local school systems where an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available to teach mathematics, science, special education or foreign language based on criteria defined by the board, the Professional Standards Commission and the Office of Student Achievement. Upon determination of shortages each year, the board shall request funds from the general assembly sufficient to provide for salary increases. The increases are not to exceed one additional step on the state salary schedule for which the teacher would otherwise have been entitled for positions contracted for in those locations and fields during the school year.

Five percent increase

Any teacher who has acquired rights to continued employment as a teacher shall receive an increase in annual state compensation of five percent beginning the school year following any year in which the students taught by the teacher earn a significant increase in average scores n the criterion-referenced test or any other test selected by the state board of education. The board shall define "significant increase" and the increase earned shall be in addition to all other increases for which the teacher is eligible.

Career Ladder

The state board of education is authorized and directed to devise career ladder programs for teachers and other certificated professional personnel which provide such personnel who demonstrate above average or outstanding competencies relative to their respective positions and exhibit above average or outstanding performance in executing their assigned responsibilities with salary supplements in recognition of such competency and performance. Achievement of students beyond the level that is typically expected for their ability shall be included in the performance criteria for any of the respective personnel categories.

Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

The state board of education shall develop performance criteria to be used to evaluate proposals submitted by local schools or systems for determining exemplary performance at the school site. Such criteria will relate to the overall educational performance of the school in areas related to student outcomes and achievement. The criteria shall also reflect the six national goals for education adopted under Georgia 2000 and socioeconomic or other demographic factors that may affect student achievement or other outcomes of education. The criteria shall reflect school level improvement on identified performance criteria, such as the numbers of remedial, SIA and Chapter I students that achieved grade level performance.

The performance evaluation system shall be designed to determine the level of improvement achieved by the school based upon those criteria adopted and approved for the school proposal. Local schools which choose to apply for pay-for-performance awards for group productivity shall submit proposals through the local board of education, which must approve the proposals, to the state board of education. Proposals shall be submitted annually and identify which of the state-wide performance criteria will be emphasized by the local school for the determination of award eligibility.

Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

The purpose of the SSAS, created by the Office of Student Achievement, is to provide valid and reliable accountability, determined at the school, LEA and state levels that can help promote continuous improvement in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps. This system includes an annual Accountability Profile for each public school and Local Educational Agency (LEA) in the state. The profile has three components: an absolute performance determination that is based on Adequate Yearly Progress, a Performance Index determination based on progress over the previous year's performance, and Performance Highlights that will provide additional information including recognition for each school and LEA based on academic-related indicators.

Enabling Policy: Office of Student Achievement Code: GBA (4) Chapter 160-7-1-.01

O.C.G.A. §20-14-37 The Office of Student Achievement (OSA) shall develop and the state board of education shall approve a Georgia schools awards system to recognize school and school systems that demonstrate progress or success in achieving the education goals of the state and achieving excellence on the school rating system as provided for in §20-14-33.

Unless otherwise noted, Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

Other Programs No information found.
Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • Hard to staff subject
  • Hard to staff school
  • Description of Component Of the five diversified pay components of the Georgia salary schedule the Salary Increases Component addresses teachers in hard-to-staff schools and subject areas.

    Salary increases

    The state board of education identifies schools and local school systems where an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available to teach mathematics, science, special education or foreign language based on criteria defined by the board, the Professional Standards Commission and the Office of Student Achievement. Upon determination of shortages each year, the board shall request funds from the general assembly sufficient to provide for salary increases. The increases are not to exceed one additional step on the state salary schedule for which the teacher would otherwise have been entitled for positions contracted for in those locations and fields during the school year.

    Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure

    Salary increases

    The state board of education identifies schools and local school systems where an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available to teach mathematics, science, special education or foreign language based on criteria defined by the board, the Professional Standards Commission and the Office of Student Achievement. Upon determination of shortages each year, the board shall request funds from the general assembly sufficient to provide for salary increases. The increases are not to exceed one additional step on the state salary schedule for which the teacher would otherwise have been entitled for positions contracted for in those locations and fields during the school year.

    Five percent increase

    Any teacher who has acquired rights to continued employment as a teacher shall receive an increase in annual state compensation of five percent beginning the school year following any year in which the students taught by the teacher earn a significant increase in average scores n the criterion-referenced test or any other test selected by the state board of education. The board shall define "significant increase" and the increase earned shall be in addition to all other increases for which the teacher is eligible.

    Career Ladder

    The state board of education is authorized and directed to devise career ladder programs for teachers and other certificated professional personnel which provide such personnel who demonstrate who demonstrate above average or outstanding competencies relative to their respective positions and exhibit above average or outstanding performance in executing their assigned responsibilities with salary supplements in recognition of such competency and performance. Achievement of students beyond the level that is typically expected for their ability shall be included in the performance criteria for any of the respective personnel categories.

    Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

    Awards shall be made by the state board of education to each school through the local board for successful school projects no later than December 1 of the school year after the one for which the performance judged exemplary occurred. The amount of the awards shall be distributed through local systems to schools judged exemplary by the state board according to the number of successful school projects, the size of each school and the level of funding provided by the general assembly. The decision of the local school's certificated personnel, in accordance with a process for decision making specified by the state board, will determine how the awards are spent or distributed at the school site.

    Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-38 Financial awards will be provided to the schools that the director of the Office of Student Achievement determines have demonstrated the greatest improvement in achieving the education goals of improved student achievement and improved school completion.

    Financial awards will be provided to each school that is identified by the director for performance on with or both excellence in student achievement and progress on student achievement. The certificated personnel in a school that is identified by the director as a either a best performing school or better performing school in either or both categories will be provided a bonus for the year. An additional financial award will be provided to each school for noncertificated personnel for each designation of best performing school and for each designation of better performing school.

    Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Incentives Salary increases

    The increases are not to exceed one additional step on the state salary schedule for which the teacher would otherwise have been entitled for positions contracted for in those locations and fields during the school year.

    Five percent increase

    Any teacher who has acquired rights to continued employment as a teacher shall receive an increase in annual state compensation of five percent and shall be in addition to all other salary increases for which the teacher is eligible.

    Career Ladder

    The board shall submit its policies and guidelines pertaining to the implementation of career ladder programs to the general assembly for review prior to submitting a request for funds to grant salary supplements under this program.

    Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

    The amount of the awards shall be distributed through local systems to schools judged exemplary by the state board of education according to the number of successful school projects, the size of each school and the level of funding provided by the general assembly.

    Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-38 Financial awards will be provided to each school that is identified by the director for performance on with or both excellence in student achievement and progress on student achievement. The certificated personnel in a school that is identified by the director as a either a best performing school or better performing school in either or both categories will be provided a bonus for the year the school was identified of $1,000 for each best performing school designation and $500 for each better performing school designation. The maximum shall not exceed $2,000 and is subject to appropriation by the general assembly or as otherwise may be provided. An additional financial award will be provided to each school for noncertificated personnel in the amount of $10,000 for each designation of best performing school and $5,000 for each designation of better performing school. The total lump sum noncertificated personnel award for an individual school shall not exceed $20,000. The school receiving the award shall determine the distribution of the award among the noncertificated personnel.

    Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Incentive Recipients Salary increases

    The state board of education identifies schools and local school systems where an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available to teach mathematics, science, special education or foreign language based on criteria defined by the board, the Professional Standards Commission and the Office of Student Achievement. Salary increases are provided for teachers. Upon receiving three such salary increases, a teacher shall become ineligible for additional salary increases under this section.

    Five percent increase

    Any teacher who has acquired rights to continued employment as a teacher shall receive a salary increase.

    Career Ladder

    Career ladder programs provide salary supplements to teachers and other certificated professional personnel.

    Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

    Awards will be made to each school through the local board for successful school projects. The decision of the local school's certificated personnel will determine how the awards are spent or distributed at the school site.

    The proceeds may in whole or in part be given to faculty members in the form of bonuses or may be spent for the purpose of providing faculty sabbaticals, for instructional or other equipment, for staff development, for distribution to other school staff in the form of bonuses, or for any other expenditure deemed appropriate by the local school's certificated personnel.

    Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-38 Financial awards will be provided to each school, the certificated personnel and an additional financial award will be provided to each school for noncertificated personnel. The school receiving the latter award shall determine the distribution of the award among the noncertificated personnel.

    Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Salary increases

    The state board of education shall identify the schools and local school systems where an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available and determine the shortages each year. The criteria used for assessing whether or not an insufficient supply of qualified teachers is available and the data used in making the determination that a shortage exists shall be submitted by the Office of Student Achievement to the Education Committees of both the state Senate and House of Representatives.

    Five percent increase

    Any teacher who has acquired rights to continued employment as a teacher shall receive an increase in annual state compensation of five percent beginning the school year following any year in which the students taught by the teacher earn a significant increase in average scores n the criterion-referenced test or any other test selected by the state board of education. The board shall define "significant increase".

    Career Ladder

    Demonstration of above average or outstanding competencies relative to the employees' position and exhibition of above average or outstanding performance in executing their assigned responsibilities. Achievement of students beyond the level that is typically expected for their ability is included in the performance criteria for any of the respective personnel categories.

    Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

    The state board of education shall develop performance criteria to be used to evaluate proposals submitted for the determination of exemplary performance at the school site. The criteria will relate to the overall educational performance of the school in areas related to student outcomes and achievement; reflect the six national goals for education adopted under Georgia 2000; reflect socioeconomic or other factors that may affect student achievement or other outcomes of education; and reflect school level improvement on identified performance criteria.

    The state board of education shall evaluate the performance of all schools submitting proposals for a given year according to the terms of the local school proposal as approved by the state board. The state board shall uniformly apply the criteria for weighing the proposals to the local school proposals. The board may appoint an advisory evaluation team from outside the department of education to assist in the development and application of the criteria by which the proposals will be evaluated.

    Chapter 160-3-1-.01 states that academic achievement criteria includes three or more performance objectives. Objectives that emphasize growth as well as those that emphasize exemplary performance are acceptable.

    Enabling Policy: Office of Student Achievement Code: GBA (4) Chapter 160-3-1-.01

    Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-38 Awards will be provided to the schools that the director of the Office of Student Achievement determines have demonstrated the greatest improvement in achieving the education goals of improved student achievement and improved school completion. Awards will be provided to each school that is identified by the director for performance on either or both excellence in student achievement and progress on student achievement.

    Unless otherwise noted, Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions No information found.
    Other Stakeholders No information found.
    Program Funding
    Cost No information found.
    Funding Salary increases

    Upon determination of shortages each year, the board shall request funds from the general assembly sufficient to provide for salary increases. Funding shall be based on the number of eligible positions identified for the previous school year. Upon receiving three such salary increases, a teacher shall become ineligible for additional salary increases under this section.

    Five percent increase

    No information found, however since it is salary-related, funds are most likely appropriated by the general assembly.

    Career Ladder

    The board shall submit its policies and guidelines pertaining to the implementation of career ladder programs to the general assembly for review prior to submitting a request for funds to grant salary supplements under this program. The board shall grant sufficient funds to each local unit of administration to pay the salary supplements of all personnel awarded supplements under the career ladder programs, subject to appropriation by the general assembly.

    Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity

    The state board of education shall submit a proposal for funding this pay-for-performance program for rewarding group productivity each year with its budget request. Awards made under this program are subject to appropriation by the general assembly.

    Single state-wide accountability system (SSAS)

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-38 Funding is subject to appropriation by the general assembly or as otherwise may be provided.

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-39 The financial award system may be funded by donations, grants or appropriation by the general assembly or as otherwise provided. The state board of education may solicit and receive grants and donations for the purpose of making awards under this section.

    Enabling policy: O.C.G.A. §20-2 and O.C.G.A. §20-14

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes No information found.



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