ERIC Number: ED358580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
State Policy Strategies for Improving Teacher Quality. Policy Briefs, Number One.
Mitchell, Douglas E.
New state laws and regulations designed to improve teacher quality are described in this policy brief. The new policies represent eight strategies for dealing with teaching quality issues: testing and screening; teacher compensation; preservice training and certification; staff development; enhanced management and supervision; teacher job redefinition; worker organization; and school-culture improvement. The first four types focus on improving individual teachers, and the second four focus on improving the organizational characteristics of schools. It is concluded that school productivity depends greatly on the creation of a robust organizational culture, which is characterized by a shared set of attitudes, beliefs, values, and expectations. High performance teaching can only be facilitated, not coerced. Briefs of the policies implemented in Utah (Michael Murphy and Douglas E. Mitchell), Nevada (Myrna Matranga and Douglas E. Mitchell), California (Douglas E. Mitchell), and Arizona (Robert T. Stout and Douglas E. Mitchell) are attached. (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Climate, Personnel Policy, Secondary School Teachers, State Action, State Legislation, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Supervision, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Nevada; Utah