Map: Mass. Teacher Salaries; Per Pupil Expenditures; MCAS Scores

BOSTON — Using data from the Massachusetts Department of Education, this interactive map shows a district-by-district comparison of average teacher salaries, per pupil expenditures and MCAS scores for K-12 schools in Massachusetts.

Notes: The map is separated into three parts: elementary, middle and high schools. To switch between these color-coded sections, use the buttons in the top-left corner of the map. The blank spaces on the map represent districts that send their students to neighboring districts.

Produced by Abby Elizabeth Conway for WBUR, Keosha Johnson and Jesse Costa

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  • pajipswich

    A teacher contract in a district determines the salary for a teacher no matter what level. Why are there three maps? 

    • amdftw

      Sometimes the elementary school district is different than the high school district.  Example: Orange Elementary, New Salem-Wendell, and Petersham become one Ralph C. Mahar Regional for high school.

    • CC

      Plus the 3 maps will show MCAS scores at different levels, 4th, 7th, 10th.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenny.jervis Kenny Jervis

     What this graph shows is that Boston spends more per student,its teachers are compensated almost equally to other districts yet our scores are pathetic.We are spending too much as a district on extras that are not paying dividends to our children’s education.We have too many programs and initiatives that are not making their way into the classroom.We have the highest paid administrators that spend too much time and effort getting Gates and Broad mandates into our Public schools and not enough emphasis on back to basics learning.We as taxpayers and concerned citizens need to let our politicians and School committee members realize that they are public employees and the schools are ours and the children’s education is important to Us.we spend over a billion dollars of taxpayers money to educate 56,000 students and we are not getting the results we need. There are too many inequalities in our system every neighborhood should have great schools.We need to stop the insanity of transporting students all across our city and focus on providing top notch education for everyone worthy of living in the HUB of the universe.

  • Greg S.

    If the purpose of the salary statistic is to show which schools pay their teachers the higher salaries, wouldn’t it be better to show starting teacher salary or some other measure instead of average teacher salary? The problem with average teacher salary is that a low-paying district can seem like a high-paying district if it has a large population of veteran teachers. I’m no statistician, so I could certainly be missing something, but I thought I’d bring it up.

  • Tracynovick

    I’m really disappointed in WBUR for publishing a map which misses the piece of information that’s most relevant to know here: veteran teachers make more. A district with a high “average” salary may well simply have a larger number of teachers who have more experience.
    WBUR is usually better than this with information.

  • Judy

    Does this factor in benefits?  What about charter schools?  Teacher longevity? What about other stats than test scores, which are highly debatable as a reliable measure of teacher effectiveness?

    I think this map demonstrates the insanity of funding education at the local level – why not pay teachers for the job they do, rather than by where they happen to be hired?  Some teachers in lower-income areas will have a much harder job than teachers in higher-income areas, yet make less money.  

  • Lindsay

    I think the point about the difference between starting teacher salaries and average teacher salaries is important.  If you look at the pay schedule tables (all available on district websites)  Boston for examples pays a higher wage compared to Cambridge.  However I infer from the data here that Cambridge has more teachers farther advanced in the pay schedule than Boston (more years working or more education) which raise the average salary for the whole district.  

  • Dave

    I would like to see some sort of correlation result, as in a table or chart that shows if there is a relationship between Salary and MCAS performance (e.g. some sort of interval or boxplot) 

  • Scrumdiddilyumptious

    More current numbers are available on the DOE website at http://finance1.doe.mass.edu/schfin/statistics/salary.aspx and those numbers have been available since February.  Why not use them?

  • Superbike1

    What a massive drain of taxpayer dollars when those that ‘graduate’ need extensive remedial education especially in math. Performance goes down but pay stays high. Standards are lowered but never salaries. And, let’s break this down by race and see how ‘DIVERSE’ the teaching profession really is! Scam, and that means, ALL of it….