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ERIC Number: ED502298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher Shortages: A Policy Brief Exploring Important Issues Raised by the "2006 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Expectations and Experiences." Policy Brief
Committee for Economic Development
This report explores issues raised by the "2006 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Expectations and Experiences." focusing on the belief of the majority of education leaders and principals responding to the survey that a shortage of qualified teachers will be a serious problem in the near future. The brief explores what research says about the existence of teacher shortages. MetLife conducted interviews with teachers, principals, and the deans/chairpersons of education schools in March 2006. The latter two groups were asked about teacher shortages. Based on available evidence, the "teacher shortage" concern expressed by respondents to the MetLife Survey does not reflect a uniform, pervasive nationwide mismatch between the supply of and the demand for teachers. Instead, supply/demand mismatches are more localized in nature and disproportionately affect some schools and districts and some students. This suggests that appropriate responses must address specific needs, such as attracting and retaining teachers in hard-to-staff schools and subjects. It is especially important to address the need for good teaching in schools with many at-risk students. Where retirements are putting unusual strain on districts' abilities to find enough new teachers, policies aimed at reducing incentives for early retirement, increasing the supply of individuals eligible to be hired, and making teaching more attractive to the large "reserve" pool of teachers (those with appropriate training and credentials who are not currently in the profession) should also be considered. (Contains 30 endnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development; MetLife Foundation
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A