ERIC Number: ED472691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
State Incentive Programs for Recruiting Teachers: Are They Effective in Reducing Shortages? Issues in Brief.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
This issue brief presents an overview of the teacher shortage problem nationwide, examining incentive programs that states have developed in response. It details the serious shortcomings that can be found in these approaches, examining state-level data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on a survey administered to the heads of teacher licensing in each state department of education or licensing board. Respondents were surveyed by mail during the summer of 2001, with follow-up telephone calls during the summer and fall of 2001. Information gathered in the survey was based on the 2000-01 school year and was state-reported only. Results showed a consistent disconnect between the shortage areas states identified and the incentive programs they adopted. For example, 35 states reported shortages of special educators, yet only 4 had problems aimed at steering teachers toward special education. Few states were gathering reliable data on how many people the programs were recruiting and exactly where the recruits ended up. Key recommendations to enhance states' ability to identify and address shortfalls in the teacher workforce are included. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.