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ERIC Number: ED507874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Fighting for Quality and Equality, Too: How State Policymakers Can Ensure the Drive to Improve Teacher Quality Doesn't Just Trickle down to Poor and Minority Children. K-12 Policy
Jerald, Craig D.; Haycock, Kati; Wilkins, Amy
Education Trust
If state leaders invest resources and energy wisely, they don't have to choose between excellence and equity. They can improve overall teacher quality and remedy the shameful inequities in access to the single most valuable resource in education--effective teachers. This paper outlines ten steps state policymakers and school district leaders can take now that hold the promise to make a difference in teacher quality and equitable access to the best teachers for low-income students and students of color. They include: (1) Producing better information on teacher effectiveness; (2) requiring clear public reports on teacher quality and equity; (3) placing information on teacher effectiveness in the hands of those who need it; (4) requiring teacher evaluations to focus on effectiveness; (5) writing explicit policies that expect equitable access to effective teachers; (6) eliminating state policies that sustain the status quo in local districts; (7) Providing incentives for effective teachers to work in high-need schools; (8) making certain that high poverty districts and schools have what they need to attract and retain effective teachers; (9) Pumping up the supply of talented teachers; and (10) Requiring districts to fix counterproductive hiring and placement practices. (Contains 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust
IES Cited: ED544345; ED544213