Public School Teacher Cost Differences Across the United States
How much more or less does it cost in different jurisdictions to recruit and employ school personnel with similar characteristics into similar jobs and assignments? The purpose of this study is to address this question specifically for the most important school input: namely, classroom teachers.Using the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a cross-sectional teacher cost index is developed. Because teachers represent a substantial proportion of the budget of school districts, the TCI is a major step forward in the development of a geographic cost-of-education index (CEI) for states, counties, and school districts. The TCI also considers amenities of living and working in a location, as well as cost of living. This report is housed on the NCES website.