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ERIC Number: ED511887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 154
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. Florida
National Council on Teacher Quality
The Florida 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. Florida has an overall "Yearbook" grade of C for 2009. Florida's major policy strengths include: (1) Makes evidence of student learning the preponderant criterion in teacher evaluations, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (2) Articulates consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations; (3) Supports differential and performance pay initiatives; and (4) Places no restrictions on alternate route usage or providers. Florida's major policy weaknesses include: (1) Awards tenure virtually automatically; (2) Does not ensure that special education teachers have subject-matter knowledge; and (3) Allows teachers who have not met licensure test requirements to continue teaching. 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: N/A
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: Florida