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ERIC Number: ED502303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Calculating the Ability of Within-School Teacher Supply to Meet the Demands of New Requirements: The Example of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. REL Technical Brief. REL 2008-No. 005
Keesler, Venessa; Wyse, Adam; Jones, Nathan; Schneider, Barbara
Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest
Representatives from the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information requested assistance in estimating Michigan's capacity to adequately staff its high schools to meet the course requirements of the new Michigan Merit Curriculum. The study team devised a formula to estimate the number of additional full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers needed for each subject at each Michigan high school. The formula was calculated using Michigan-specific values for key variables. Such an analysis may be particularly useful when new graduation or course requirements are being planned. Schools can adjust the variables in the formula (such as class size and number of periods taught by each FTE teacher) to fit their own needs. Analysis of data for Michigan high schools identified a number of schools that were potentially understaffed in some or all subjects. The results show that 25 percent (223) of schools were potentially undersupplied in FTE teachers in math, 7 percent (64) in English/language arts, 5 percent (41) in science, and 4 percent (39) in social studies. The results also show that 13 percent (70,619) of students attended schools that were potentially undersupplied in FTE teachers in both math and English/language arts, while 2 percent (12,182) of students were in schools that were potentially undersupplied in all core subject areas. (Contains 3 endnotes and 1 table.) [This REL Technical Brief was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, administered by Learning Point Associates.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
IES Funded: Yes