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Differentiated Pay Submission Process

Each district must submit the 2017-18 Differentiated Pay Plan Submission by June 30. Submission includes:

  • 2017-18 Differentiated Pay Plan
  • Implementation Update on 2016-17 Differentiated Pay Plan (based on payouts to teachers during the 2016-17 school year)
  • 2017-18 Salary Schedule (upload in excel format)

Please email Compensation.Questions@tn.gov if you have any questions.

Submission Process FAQ

Yes. Please complete the differentiated pay plan template to submit your 2017-18 differentiated pay plan and salary schedule and your 2016-17 implementation update. Ideally, districts are reflecting on the implementation of the prior year’s plans and using the district Human Capital Data Reports to refine plans over +time. We encourage districts to revisit their plans each year. 

Supporting documents are not required, but feel free to include additional information about the district’s differentiated pay plan as needed. This reduces the chance that we will have to contact your district and request additional information which slows the approval process.

An alternative salary schedule utilizes other components, often performance criteria, in addition to or in place of education and experience to determine base pay increases. 

The website contains a plethora of resources, including existing districts plans from across the state. Please contact the educator talent team at Compensation.Questions@tn.gov so that we can assist your district team in developing the plan.   

Yes. The strategic compensation policy approved in April 2017 establishes a three year review cycle for alternative salary schedules. Every three years, districts must re-submit approval to the board to continue with the alternative salary schedule. Additionally, districts must annually complete the differentiated pay plan template and implementation update as well as submitting a copy of your alternative salary schedule for 2017-18. If the district is making changes, please contact the educator talent team at Compensation.Questions@tn.gov so that we can determine if the change will require approval from the State Board of Education.

The website contains a plethora of resources, including existing districts plans from across the state. Please contact the educator talent team at Compensation.Questions@tn.gov so that we can assist your district team in developing the plan.

Please complete the 2017-18 differentiated pay plan template. This link includes sections to report on your 2016-17 implementation update and upload your 2017-18 salary schedule.

Our goal is to notify you within three weeks of submission of your plan. However, if we have to reach out for additional or clarifying information, this may delay official approval.