ERIC Number: ED255515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of State Policy on Entrance into the Teaching Profession. Final Report.
Goertz, Margaret E.; And Others
Points at which state policies can control entry of individuals into the teaching profession were studied. A 50-state survey identified points of policy intervention and types of policies in effect in each state during 1983-84. Four in-depth case studies provided details about the political environment and rationale behind each policy, the extent of coordination among policies in each state, and the impact of state policies on teacher supply and equity. Findings indicated: (1) states vary considerably in the types of screening policies and testing requirements for teacher education candidates; (2) many areas covered in the assessment of individual teachers are not focused on in teacher education programs; (3) remediation is encouraged by many state policies but funding is often lacking; (4) states that have introduced new policies perceive them as strengthening teacher education programs; (5) passing rates for different ethnic groups show similar patterns in most states; (6) many states perceive their policies as affecting teacher supply; (7) data on individuals screened out of the profession by state policies suggest that shortages of certain types of teachers will continue to occur or be aggravated; and (8) current efforts are being directed toward enacting more or stricter standards. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Washington, DC. Div. of Education Policy Research and Services.