ERIC Number: ED475775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Alternative Certification in the Midwest. Policy Issues.
This paper examines alternative teacher certification in the NCREL region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin), reviewing relevant literature, analyzing current Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data, reviewing information on alternative certification programs in these states, and offering results from a survey of over 1,000 principals in the region regarding their experiences with alternatively certified teachers. Results suggest that alternative certification has had a fairly substantial impact on the region, even in states where legislation authorizing these programs is relatively new. Induction experiences of alternatively certified teachers are relatively similar to those of other new teachers. While principles rate a large majority of teachers from alternative certification programs as equal to or above other newly hired teachers in terms of quality, they rate the performance of slightly more than one-fourth of alternatively certified teachers below that of other new hires. Results find that alternative certification programs have only a small effect on the diversity of the region's teaching force, and most teachers hired from alternative certification programs have been retained at rates equal to those of other new hires. Recommendations include: accreditation for alternative certification programs, incentives and rewards for quality programs, and increased funding for research and evaluation. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Alternative Teacher Certification, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Principals, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Michigan; Minnesota; Ohio; Wisconsin