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ERIC Number: ED511884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 152
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. Illinois
National Council on Teacher Quality
This Illinois' 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. Illinois has an overall "Yearbook" grade of D+ for 2009. Illinois' major policy strengths include: (1) Articulates consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (2) Prevents teachers who have not met licensure requirements from continuing to teach; and (3) Requires that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test. Illinois' major policy weaknesses include: (1) Awards tenure virtually automatically; (2) Fails to make evidence of student learning the preponderant criterion in teacher evaluations; (3) Lacks an efficient termination process for ineffective teachers; (4) Allows middle school teachers to teach on a K-9 generalist license; and (5) Does not ensure that elementary teachers are prepared in the science of reading instruction. Detailed rationale for each area and corresponding goal is 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:
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: Illinois