ERIC Number: ED427007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What States Are Doing To Improve the Quality of Teaching. A Brief Review of Current Patterns and Trends. A CTP Working Paper.
Hirsch, Eric; Koppich, Julia E.; Knapp, Michael S.
This working paper provides background for the U.S. Department of Education's first report to the nation on teacher quality, informing the ongoing work on state policy contexts for the improvement of teaching undertaken by the Center for the Study of Teacher Policy. The main goal is to illustrate the range of state-initiated actions aimed at improving the quality of teaching. Section 1 addresses state attention to educational reform and quality of teaching (recent focus on teaching quality, critical roles of states, and how states can promote teaching quality). Section 2 discusses how states are promoting visions of good teaching and learning (student standards and assessments, standards for teaching practice, and independent professional standards boards). Section 3 examines how states are attracting, rewarding, and retaining capable people in teaching (teacher recruitment needs, recruiting teachers and facilitating their mobility, ensuring teacher qualifications, using salaries to attract and retain teachers, and removing unqualified teachers). Section 4 discusses how states are improving the initial preparation and induction of teachers (standards and accountability, alternative certification, and beginning teacher induction programs). Section 5 looks at how states are motivating and supporting teachers' ongoing professional learning (differences in the quality of opportunities for professional learning, state guidance and resources for professional development, and developing or mandating specific targets for professional development). Section 6 discusses how states are enhancing the school workplace environment. (Contains 47 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Beginning Teacher Induction, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teachers, Teaching (Occupation)
College of Education, University of Washington, Box 353600, Seattle, WA 98195-3600; Tel: 206-543-1836; Fax: 206-616-6762; e-mail: Mknapp@u.washington.edu; Web site: http://depts.washington.edu/ctpmail
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Seattle, WA.