ERIC Number: ED424296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-4
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Preparation and Selection in Pennsylvania: Ensuring High Performance Classroom Teachers for the 21st Century.
Strauss, Robert P.
This report provides a comprehensive view of teacher preparation, program approval, and teacher selection practices in Pennsylvania and other states. The major premise is that, due to changing student and teacher demographics, Pennsylvania has an opportunity to improve the quality of the teaching force as teachers retire and as Pennsylvania raises its expectations of student achievement. Chapter 1 of the report is an Executive Summary. Chapter 2, "Introduction," discusses the changing nature of state education policy and the importance of classroom teacher quality. Chapter 3, "Other Studies of Teacher Supply and Demand, Training, Quality, and Hiring," examines the academic literature and state specific studies of teacher preparation, focusing on six states. In Chapter 4, "Teacher Preparation and Program Approval in Other States," states are compared in terms of their self-reported teacher certification requirements. Chapter 5, "An Overview of Pennsylvania's Public Education System," describes the basic empirical features of the Pennsylvania public education system, which is projected to enroll 1.811 million students by school year 2000. Chapter 6, "Teacher Preparation and Selection in Pennsylvania," examines in detail what is known about the standardized teacher examinations used in Pennsylvania and comparison states. Chapter 7, "Teacher Quality and Teacher Selectivity in Pennsylvania," examines the issue of teacher quality, as measured by success on standardized content knowledge examinations. Chapter 8, "Employment Procedures and Practices in Pennsylvania," reports the results of surveying each of Pennsylvania's 501 school superintendents, school board presidents, and union presidents in terms of their teacher recruitment practices. Chapter 9, "Implications for Public Education in Pennsylvania," discusses conventional and unconventional reform strategies to improve the preparation, selection, and development of teachers in Pennsylvania. Chapters 10 through 14 contain, respectively, the complete employment survey and letters of solicitation, Connecticut's program approval standards, communications from the Study Liaison Committee to local school officials, the 1998 Study Liaison Committee Recommendations to the State Board of Education, and a bibliography of 61 sources. (Contains 65 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania