The current classification of teachers outlined in KRS 161.1211, is based on a model that uses additional education as a proxy for competency, despite more recent research challenging this idea. The costs of that additional education have grown drastically leaving teachers with student loan debt, while salaries have not increased.
A Career Progressions Task Force was chartered at the December 11, 2017, meeting of the Board. The purpose of the Task Force is to review and develop a new career progression system for 21st century educators.
A new career progression system should:
- redirect existing elements (e.g., National Board certification, rank, teacher leadership, etc.) to conform to a new model of teacher capability development based on a coherent model of teacher competency; and
- call for no new sources of funding, redirecting existing sources of funding to recognize accomplishment along the continuum of the new teacher effectiveness model.