ERIC Number: ED485308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 29
The Quest for Quality. Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Philadelphia. The Second Annual Study of Teacher Quality in Philadelphia
Neild, Ruth Curran; Useem, Elizabeth; Farley, Elizabeth
Research for Action
Each year, the School District of Philadelphia hires a large number of new teachers. Philadelphia needs these new teachers not because enrollment is increasing--in fact, enrollment in the public schools has been decreasing over the past few years as a result of a declining birth rate and the growth of charter schools--but because a substantial number of teachers leave the district each year. Philadelphia faces the challenge of recruiting many new teachers to the classroom just as state and federal pressures for raising academic achievement have intensified. In this second report on teacher quality in Philadelphia, data that was presented in the 2003 report is updated. This new report looks at trends in staffing, with a focus on new teachers, and examines the initial efforts of School District of Philadelphia CEO Paul Vallas and his team to address three thorny problems related to school staffing: declining rates of certified teachers, high turnover among new teachers, and inequities in the assignment of qualified teachers to schools. The report also outlines the challenges that are slowing the system's progress in meeting the goal of a well-qualified teacher in each classroom.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Educational Change, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Educational Quality, Teacher Qualifications, School Districts, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.