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ERIC Number: ED514844
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. Nebraska
National Council on Teacher Quality
This paper presents the Nebraska 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 Nebraska is making progress toward meeting some goals, significant room for improvement remains in many others. The state completely missed six goals, met a small portion of four, partially met three, nearly met one and fully met one. Nebraska's best performance is in its requirement of multiple formal evaluations for new teachers. The state has the most work to do in making tenure decisions meaningful, articulating consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, closing loopholes that allow teachers who have not met licensure requirements to continue teaching and strengthening some policies regarding teacher compensation issues. Nebraska's progress toward meeting these goals is summarized. The body of the report provides a more detailed breakdown of the state's strengths and weaknesses in each area. Nebraska has an overall performance of D+ for 2008. Goals for each area are appended. (Contains 57 figures.) [For the national summary, see ED514690.]
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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
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska