Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
An Exploratory Evaluation of the Data from the Pilot Teacher Compensation Survey: School Year 2005-06
NCES 2008-440
April 2008

Appendix B: Common Core of Data Glossary

A | B | D | F | G | H | M | R | T | W | Y

all other benefits
All the other benefits (excluding retirement and health insurance) paid by the school district and other government agencies for teachers.
American Indian/Alaska Native
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian/Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
bachelor's degree
An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a five-year cooperative (work-study) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years.
base salary
The negotiated annual salary for teaching duties for school year 2005–06. The base salary excludes pay for additional duties, such as supervising or directing after-school activities, school administration activities, and or teaching summer school or adult education classes. Bonuses and other incentives are not included in base salaries.
Black or African American
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa, and who is not Hispanic.


doctor's degree
The highest award a student can earn for graduate study. The doctor's degree classification includes such degrees as Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Public Health, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in any field such as agronomy, food technology, education, engineering, public administration, ophthalmology, or radiology.
full-time equivalency (FTE)
State (or district's) FTE value for this teacher. The amount of time required to perform teaching assignment stated as a proportion of a full-time position. FTE is computed by dividing the amount of time employed by the time normally required for a full-time position.
Indicates whether the teacher is female or male.
health benefits
All amounts paid by school district and other government agencies for teachers' health insurance.
highest degree earned
A degree is an award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.
Hispanic or Latino
A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
master's degree
An award that normally requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one or two academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree.


Categories used to describe groups with which individuals identify, or to which they belong in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in only one group.
retirement benefits
All amounts paid by the school district, municipal, state, and other governments towards a teacher's retirement plan.
A professional school staff member who provides instructions to prekindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, or ungraded classes and maintains daily student attendance records.
total benefits
Sum of retirement, health, and all other benefits, or total benefits paid by the district and/or state if unable to break out retirement and health benefits.
total salary
The total amount of money paid to a teacher by the school district (for school year 2005–06).
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa, and who is not Hispanic.
years of experience
Years of teaching experience recognized by the school district or state education agency as of the end of the school year. New full-time teachers, hired at the beginning of the school year (with no previous experience), are reported as having one year of experience.


Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey


No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.