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ERIC Number: ED515614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 92
Abstractor: ERIC
Blueprint for Change: National Summary. State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2010
National Council on Teacher Quality
This paper is the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) fourth annual review of state laws, rules and regulations that govern the teaching profession. This year's "Yearbook" takes a different approach than the past editions, as it is designed as a companion to the 2009 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook", NCTQ's most recent comprehensive report on state teacher policies. The comprehensive "Yearbook", a 52-volume state-by-state analysis produced biennially, examines the alignment of states' teacher policies with goals to improve teacher quality. The 2009 report, which addressed key policy areas such as teacher preparation, evaluation, alternative certification and compensation, found that states had much work to do to ensure that every child has an effective teacher. In 2010, an interim year, NCTQ set out to help states prioritize among the many areas of teacher policy in need of reform. With so much to be done, state policymakers may be nonplussed about where to begin. The 2010 "Yearbook" offers each state an individualized blueprint, identifying state policies most in need of attention. Although based on the 2009 analyses, this edition also updates states' progress in the last year, a year that saw many states make significant policy changes, largely spurred by the Race to the Top competition. Rather than grade states, the 2010 "Blueprint for Change" stands as a supplement to the 2009 comprehensive report, updating states' positive and negative progress on Yearbook goals and specifying actions that could lead to stronger policies for particular topics such as teacher evaluation, tenure rules and dismissal policies. In addition to a national summary report, NCTQ has customized this year's "Blueprint for Change" so that each state has its own edition highlighting its progress toward specific "Yearbook" goals. Each report also contains charts and graphs showing how the state performed compared to other states. In addition, this paper points to states that are leading the way in areas requiring the most critical attention across the country. It is hoped that this year's "Blueprint for Change" serves as an important guide for governors, state school chiefs, school boards, legislatures and the many advocates seeking reform. (Contains 15 figures.) [For "State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. National Summary", see ED511872.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Gleason Family Foundation; George Gund Foundation; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: United States