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ERIC Number: ED514690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 116
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do to Retain Effective New Teachers, 2008. National Summary
National Council on Teacher Quality
This 2008 edition of the "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" provides an in-depth analysis of a critical piece of the teacher quality puzzle: the retention of effective new teachers. Unlike the comprehensive analysis of all aspects of states' teacher policies provided in the 2007 "Yearbook", this year's edition focuses on a particular policy issue. The 2009 "Yearbook" will revisit and evaluate the states' progress in meeting the full set of goals first analyzed in 2007, as well as the new goals examined this year. The third through fifth years of teaching represent an opportunity lost for the health of the teaching profession. Many new teachers leave at this juncture, just at the time that they are becoming consistently effective. Concurrently, school districts confer permanent status more commonly understood as tenure--at this juncture, absent either the reflection or evidence that this important decision merits. While school districts are certainly key players in teacher retention, do not underestimate the state's role. Without exception, the state controls virtually every aspect of the teaching profession particularly licensing and tenure. This edition of the "Yearbook" analyzes what each state is doing to identify teachers' effectiveness; support the retention of valuable, early career teachers; and dismiss those found to be ineffective, with each of these factors measured against a realistic blueprint for reform. This year's goals meet NCTQ's five criteria for an effective reform framework: (1) They are supported by a strong rationale, grounded in the best research available; (2) They offer practical, rather than pie-in-the-sky, solutions for improving teacher quality; (3) They take on the teaching profession's most pressing needs, including making the profession more responsive to the current labor market; (4) They are for the most part relatively cost neutral; and (5) They respect the legitimate constraints that some states face so that the goals can work in all 50 states. This national report includes a state-by-state summary, as well as a summary of state performance for each of the 15 goals. It also points to states that offer a "Best Practice" for other states to emulate. (Contains 60 figures.) [Additional support for the 2008 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" was provided by the Teaching Commission. For the 2007 national report, see ED506661.
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Daniels Fund; Derek and Candace Fisher Family Foundation; Gleason Family Foundation; Houston Endowment Inc.; Joyce Foundation; Koret Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality