50 State Report Urges More Support For New Teachers and Principals

New Teacher Center has released a new report on all 50 states that takes a look at the support available for new principals and new teachers. The results show only a slight improvement over the past few years. Support From the Start: A 50-State Review of Policies on New Educator Induction and Mentoring examines how Read more about 50 State Report Urges More Support For New Teachers and Principals[…]

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Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession

A recent report, written by the Center for American Progress, guides the reader through a teacher’s career trajectory, beginning at recruitment and selection and continuing throughout his or her career in order to provide policymakers and the public with a forward-thinking document that proposes how to elevate and modernize the teaching profession. In this report, Read more about Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession[…]

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The New Normal in K-12 Education

A recent blog by Third Way examines several issues in education policy and reveals the outdated logic and arguments that are being used to debate modern issues. This stagnation in conversation not only threatens our ability to move forward with the best policies for our nation’s students, but it also has had the unintended consequence Read more about The New Normal in K-12 Education[…]

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No Guarantees: A report on Teacher Preparation Programs and Effectiveness

Policymakers are still looking for the right way to identify effective teacher preparation programs and predict who will be an effective teacher. Nothing tried so far can guarantee effective teachers. In No Guarantees, Bellwether recommends an alternative approach that relies on the best available evidence for predicting future teacher effectiveness:  initial teaching effectiveness. Instead of Read more about No Guarantees: A report on Teacher Preparation Programs and Effectiveness[…]

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NCTQ releases the 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently released the 2015 report on State Teacher Policy. The report summarizes how the states are doing in developing policies that improve the teaching profession. The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule, and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher Read more about NCTQ releases the 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook[…]

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Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines

You may have been hearing in the news about teacher shortages in various communities around the country. Looking a little bit more closely at these situations reveals that, while enrollment in teacher preparations programs has certainly declined in recent years, there does not appear to be an across-the-board problem with finding and hiring teachers in Read more about Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines[…]

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NCES Examines Qualifications of Public Middle and High School Teachers

NCES has released two publications examining the qualifications of public school teachers: Education and Certification Qualifications of Public Middle Grades Teachers of Selected Subjects as well as Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Selected Subjects. These statistical analysis reports examine the postsecondary majors and teaching certifications of public middle school Read more about NCES Examines Qualifications of Public Middle and High School Teachers[…]

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Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has offered a national certification for interested teachers since the late 1980s. There are currently 110,000 National Board certified teachers across the U.S. This blog wrote about changes the NBPTS made to its certification process to incentivize more teachers to become board-certified. With new research out showing Read more about Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm[…]

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States Set Varying Passing Bars on New Teaching Exam

This blog has written previously about the much-touted edTPA teacher licensing exam, which promises to serve as a “bar exam” for teachers. The goal of this performance assessment is to set the bar higher for teacher certification and to be able to provide accountability across state lines and among teacher certification programs and schools. However, Read more about States Set Varying Passing Bars on New Teaching Exam[…]

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Improving Teacher Preparation

With an estimated 1.5 million new teachers entering schools over the next decade, what can policymakers do to ensure that the next generation of teachers is ready to teach on day one? A new brief released by the Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR), A Million New Teachers Are Coming: Will They Read more about Improving Teacher Preparation[…]

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The Bush Institute releases Teacher Effectiveness Research

It is a well-accepted tenet of education research at this point that teacher quality is the biggest school-based factor in student achievement, but how much is teacher quality associated with education background and certification status? This is the question that new research from the Bush Institute seeks to answer. One report in particular stands out: Read more about The Bush Institute releases Teacher Effectiveness Research[…]

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ED Publishes Educator Equity Profiles of States

The Education Department has ordered every state to develop strategies for ensuring that poor and minority students get their fair share of top teachers; the plans must be submitted by June 1. In the meantime, the department is highlighting the inequities states are working to solve. Newly published “Educator Equity Profiles” for every state and Read more about ED Publishes Educator Equity Profiles of States[…]

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Building an Evidence-Based System for Teacher Preparation

Teacher Preparation Analytics has released a new report, Building an Evidence-Based System for Teacher Preparation. The report was commissioned by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This report: Summarizes the research on our nation’s current ability to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs; Identifies and develops a proposed framework and a Read more about Building an Evidence-Based System for Teacher Preparation[…]

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Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers

It has been no secret in education policy over the last decade or so that more STEM and Special Education teachers are needed. Nor has it been a secret that budget crunches and political wrangling have led to highly-publicized teacher evaluations systems and even teacher layoffs. But the new numbers out from the U.S. Department Read more about Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers[…]

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“Bar Exam” for Teachers looks more likely

According to the 46th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll, the American public sees a need for change in how teachers are prepared, meaning a higher likelihood for the teacher “bar exam”. With stunning unanimity, the American public has concluded the nation must demand more of its future teachers and those who prepare them, a new Read more about “Bar Exam” for Teachers looks more likely[…]

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New Alternative Teaching Permit Approved in Indiana

Indiana looks poised to become one of the only states to allow career professionals a direct path into teaching without prior pedagogical training. While the Indiana Attorney General and Governor still have to sign off on the bill before the end of the year, the career specialist permit has already gotten over several hurdles that Read more about New Alternative Teaching Permit Approved in Indiana[…]

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