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ERIC Number: ED477302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-8
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Lessons Learned from Becoming an Independent Standards Board.
Board, John C.
This paper discusses lessons learned from becoming an independent standards board. It begins by explaining that teachers lacked adequate academic preparation during the two World Wars and shortly thereafter. At the end of World War II, public education had to deal with poor pay, little job security, inadequate pensions, and inadequate and divergent standards for teaching. The move toward improving standards for teacher preparation began in the mid-1940s. States began to include teachers in their deliberations on the establishment of standards for teacher preparation and licensure. Concurrently, there were efforts to make teaching a bona fide profession. Independent teacher standards and practice boards began in California and Oregon in the early 1970s. This paper describes characteristics of a profession, lists eight kinds of teacher boards, then defines boards of teaching: independent professional standards and practices board; independent professional standards board; independent practices board; semi-independent professional standards and practices board; semi-independent professional standards board; advisory standards and practices board; advisory standards board; and advisory practices board. The paper concludes that the primary lesson learned is that independent standards boards have chalked up the greatest accomplishments in their work concerning teacher standards and practices. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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