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ERIC Number: ED514761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 78
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do to Retain Effective New Teachers, 2008. District of Columbia
National Council on Teacher Quality
This report presents the District of Columbia edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's 2008 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook." The 2008 "Yearbook" focuses on how state policies impact the retention of effective new teachers. This policy evaluation is broken down into three areas that encompass 15 goals. Broadly, these goals examine the impact of state policy on 1) identifying effective teachers, 2) retaining those deemed effective and 3) exiting those deemed ineffective. While the District of Columbia is making progress toward meeting a few of the goals, it lags behind other states in most others. It completely missed 12 goals, met a small portion of one, partially met one and nearly met one. The District's best performance is in its effort to close loopholes that allow teachers who have not met licensure requirements to continue teaching. Remaining work includes making tenure decisions meaningful, strengthening policies regarding teacher compensation issues, ensuring its pension system is neutral and fair, and articulating consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations. The District of Columbia's progress toward meeting these goals is summarized. The body of the report provides a more detailed breakdown of the District's strengths and weaknesses in each area. District of Columbia has an overall performance of F for 2008. Goals for each area are appended. (Contains 57 figures.) [Additional support for the 2008 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" was provided by the Teaching Commission. For the national report, see ED514690.]
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: Daniels Fund; Gleason Family Foundation; Houston Endowment Inc.; Joyce Foundation; Koret Foundation; Derek and Candace Fisher Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia