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ERIC Number: ED511919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 154
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. Massachusetts
National Council on Teacher Quality
This Massachusetts 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. Massachusetts has an overall "Yearbook" grade of D+ for 2009. Major policy strengths in Massachusetts include: (1) Ensuring that teachers are prepared in the science of reading instruction, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (2) Ensuring that elementary teachers are well prepared to teach mathematics, earning the state a "best practice" designation; (3) No restrictions are placed on alternate route usage or providers; and (4) The state supports differential pay in high-needs schools and shortage subjects. Major policy weaknesses in Massachusetts 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; and (4) Does not articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations. (Contains 124 figures.) [Additional funding for this report was provided by the Fisher Family Foundation. 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; Gleason Family Foundation; Derek and Candace Fisher Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts