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ERIC Number: ED511878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 152
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. Connecticut
National Council on Teacher Quality
This Connecticut edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) 2009 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" is the third annual look at state policies impacting the teaching profession. It is hoped that this report will help focus attention on areas where state policymakers can make changes that will have a positive impact on teacher quality and student achievement. The 2009 "Yearbook" presents a comprehensive analysis of state teacher policies. This evaluation is organized in five areas encompassing 33 goals. Broadly, these goals examine the impact of state policy on: (1) delivering well-prepared teachers; (2) expanding the teaching pool; (3) identifying effective teachers; (4) retaining those deemed effective; and (5) exiting those deemed ineffective. Connecticut has an overall "Yearbook" grade of D for 2009. Connecticut's major policy strengths include: (1) Ensuring that teachers are prepared in the science of reading instruction, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (2) Making admission to its alternate route programs selective yet flexible to the needs of nontraditional candidates, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (3) Requiring basic skills testing for admission into undergraduate teacher preparation programs; and (4) Ensuring that middle school teachers are prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content. Connecticut's major policy weaknesses include: (1) Awarding tenure virtually automatically; (2) Failing to make evidence of student learning the preponderant criterion in teacher evaluations; (3) Not ensuring that elementary teachers are well prepared to teach mathematics; and (4) Not ensuring that special education teachers have subject-matter knowledge. Goals for each area are appended. (Contains 124 figures.) [For the national summary, see ED511872.]
National Council on Teacher Quality. 1420 New York Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-393-0020; Fax: 202-393-0095; Web site: http://www.nctq.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Daniels Fund; George Gund Foundation; Houston Endowment Inc.; Joyce Foundation; Derek and Candace Fisher Family Foundation; Gleason Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut