Leveling increases are intended to bring current teachers’ salaries up into alignment with the starting salary scale for teachers new to SCS. Leveling is based on their years of experience in 2016-2017. Teachers will receive a leveling increase if their current salary is lower than the salary corresponding to their current years of experience on the new hire scale.
Example: Kara has 9 years of teaching experience as of the beginning of 2016-2017 and earns a salary of $51,100. Her salary will be leveled up to $52,000, the starting salary for a teacher with 9 years of experience per the new scale. Kara receives a $900 leveling increase to bring her salary into alignment with the new hire scale.
Leveling increases are not dependent on performance and will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers whose salaries already meet or exceed the $53,000 maximum starting salary step will not need to receive a leveling increase to bring their salaries into parity with the new scale. All teachers will be eligible to receive a performance-based raise going into 2017-18 based on their TEM score for 2016-17, regardless of whether they receive a leveling increase.