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ERIC Number: ED480407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: Keys to Improving the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Watson, Susan
This report is a preliminary exploration of teacher quality in the School District of Philadelphia. It examines three critical junctures in building a work force of quality teachers: teacher preparation, hiring and retention, and equitable distribution of quality teachers. The survey found that schools that serve the highest proportion of low-income, minority students typically have the least experienced faculty, the highest teacher-turnover rates, teachers with the lowest levels of formal educational qualification, and fewer teachers who are certified in their main teaching field. The findings also show that most teachers in the district are certified, but 93 percent of those teaching in the district's middle schools are certified only in elementary education. Subsequently, district middle-school teachers were more likely to have emergency certificates than were elementary and high-school teachers. The report recommends that schools of education develop middle-school certification programs and that the Philadelphia district collaborate with local colleges of education to provide professional development and on-the-job training to middle-school teachers. Other recommendations address the supply and demand of teachers, hiring and recruitment, teacher retention, and teacher experience. Overall, the recommendations highlight the need for ongoing research to track teacher-quality indicators in the district. Appended are: Hierarchical Lineal Modeling and Multiple Regression Analysis; and Comparison of Philadelphia/Suburban Average Teacher Salaries, Pennsylvania Department of Education Professional Personnel Report, 1999-2000. (Contains 11 tables and 3 figures.) (RJM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: With research assistance from Ellen Foley, Erin Tighe, and Aubrey Wang.