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ERIC Number: ED514862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 78
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do to Retain Effective New Teachers, 2008. Massachusetts
National Council on Teacher Quality
This paper presents the Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is making progress toward meeting some of the goals, significant room for improvement remains in many others. The state completely missed seven goals, met a small portion of four, partially met one, nearly met one and fully met two. Massachusetts's best performances are in its effective induction for new teachers and its support of differential pay in shortage subject areas and high-needs schools. The state has the most work to do in making tenure decisions meaningful, articulating consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, ensuring its pension system is neutral and fair, and strengthening some policies regarding teacher compensation issues. Massachusetts'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. Massachusetts has an overall performance of D for 2008. Goals for each area are appended. (Contains 57 tables.) [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: http://www.nctq.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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: Massachusetts