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ERIC Number: ED514915
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. West Virginia
National Council on Teacher Quality
This report presents the West Virginia 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 West Virginia is making progress toward meeting some of the goals, significant room for improvement remains in many others. The state completely missed eight goals, met a small portion of one, partially met three, nearly met one and fully met two. West Virginia's best performances are in its effective induction for new teachers and its requirement of multiple formal evaluations for new teachers. The state has the most work to do in making tenure decisions meaningful; ensuring only factors that advance teacher effectiveness are required for permanent licenses; ensuring its pension system is portable, flexible and fair; and strengthening its policies regarding teacher compensation issues. West Virginia'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. West Virginia has an overall performance of C- 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: West Virginia