ERIC Number: ED458350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Honor in the Boxcar: Equalizing Teacher Quality.
Barth, Patte, Ed.
Thinking K-16, v4 n1 Spr 2000
This publication presents evidence that low-income and minority children are more likely to be in schools with unqualified and ineffective teachers than their white and more affluent peers. A growing body of research claims that this lack of qualified teachers in high-poverty schools is more critical in explaining the underachievement of low-income and African American and Latino students than the poverty and family characteristics that have historically been blamed. The main article, "No More Settling for Less" (Kati Haycock), presents findings that compare low-poverty and high-poverty schools on teacher certification, teachers holding majors and minors in their fields, teachers' scores on certification tests, teachers' literacy, teacher effectiveness in producing learning, and teachers' years of experience. On all measures, schools with high concentrations of poor and minority students had lower-scoring, less experienced teachers in the classrooms, as well as a much higher number of uncertified teachers than schools that were predominantly white and affluent. This issue concludes with statements from leaders of national organizations as they share their ideas and recommendations for recruiting and retaining the most qualified teachers for the nation's most challenging schools. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience
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Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.