ERIC Number: ED434124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Better Teachers, Better Schools.
Kanstoroom, Marci, Ed.; Finn, Chester E., Jr., Ed.
The selections in this collection present common sense approaches to improving the quality of teachers. These approaches involve easing the regulations that control entry, devolving personnel decisions to individual schools, and then holding these schools accountable for producing results as gauged by their students' academic achievement. Some of the reports bring statistical evidence and economic analysis to bear on the problem. One set of reports explores how today's processes actually work, and another set examines four different proposed reforms. The chapters are: (1) "The Teachers We Need and How To Get More of Them: A Manifesto" (Thomas B. Fordham Foundation); (2) "Measuring the Teacher Quality Problem" (Tyce Palmaffy); (3) "Teacher Training and Licensure: A Layman's Guide" (Dale Ballou and Michael Podgursky); (4) "Teacher Licensing and Student Achievement" (Dan D. Goldhaber and Dominic J. Brewer); (5) "Who Gets Hired To Teach? The Case of Pennsylvania" (Robert P Strauss); (6) "Raising the Bar for Pennsylvania's Teachers" (Eugene W. Hickok and Michael B. Poliakoff); (7) "Traditional and Alternative Certification: A View from the Trenches" (Naomi Schaefer); (8) "The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Can It Live Up to Its Promise?" (Danielle Dunne Wilcox); (9) "The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education: Whose Standards?" (J. E. Stone); (10) "Debating Alternative Teacher Certification: A Trial by Achievement" (Michael Kwiatkowski); and (11) "Value-Added Assessment: An Accountability Revolution" (J. E. Stone). Each chapter contains references. (Contains 9 figures and 18 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Alternative Teacher Certification, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 1627 K Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006 (free); Tel: 888-TBF-7474 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net (online ordering).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Leaders Council, Washington, DC.; Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: "With a Preface by Eugene W. Hickok, Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Education Leaders Council."