ERIC Number: ED460109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Into the Classroom: Teacher Preparation, Licensure, and Recruitment. Elements of Teacher Effectiveness.
Sullivan, Cheryl C.
This report critically analyzes research on teacher preparation, licensure, and recruitment, questioning the effectiveness of today's teacher education, showing how existing approaches to identifying qualified teachers are lax, and suggesting that district authorities do not always discriminate well between qualified and unqualified teacher candidates. It urges local districts to move beyond standard certification in selecting teachers and consider teacher attributes that have been linked to increased student achievement. It concludes that alternative routes to certification provide viable options for expanding the pool of teacher applicants without sacrificing quality. It suggests that states should collaborate to develop reciprocity plans that would allow experienced, certified teachers to continue teaching upon moving to another state without having to become re-certified. The report encourages states to reconsider current policies governing teacher certification and several ideas that have entered the current debate on teacher quality. For example, it voices skepticism concerning the utility of licensure exams as currently configured and reported and suggests that policymakers should consider alternatives, such as integrating pedagogical courses that have been proven effective within the traditional four-year college program. Recommendations for making the most effective recruitment and staffing decisions at the school district level are provided. (Contains 51 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection
National School Boards Association, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-838-6722; Fax: 703-683-7590; Web site: http://www.nsba.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.