ERIC Number: ED372069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Autonomous Teacher Professional Standards Boards. Policy Brief.
Suarez, Tanya M.; And Others
Eleven states have established autonomous professional standards boards responsible for teacher licensure. Supporters of these boards feel that they create higher standards than state boards of education do, are better able to address complex issues related to teachers and teaching, and are an important statewide component in the nationwide effort to raise teaching standards. Those opposed to such boards cite fragmentation of governance regarding teaching and instruction and the state's responsibility to set standards because teachers are public servants. North Carolina has established the Professional Practices Commission, which serves in an advisory capacity to the State Board of Education. However, members believe that the Commission's work is not addressed adequately by the state, leaving them with little power and influence. Issues include the professionalization of teaching, constitutionality of autonomous boards, governance, coordination with other state policies and programs, and cost. Three types of policy options that North Carolina might consider with regard to setting standards and licensing teachers include: maintaining and existing structure, strengthening the current structure, and creating an autonomous teacher standards and licensing board. Advantages and disadvantages of each option are outlined. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Educational Policy Research Center, Chapel Hill.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina