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ERIC Number: ED520728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 85
The Distribution of Highly Qualified, Experienced Teachers: Challenges and Opportunities. TQ Research & Policy Brief
Imazeki, Jennifer; Goe, Laura
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
States have been working on strategies to address the equitable distribution of teachers for a number of years. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, specifically calls for states to identify and address the inequitable distribution of highly qualified, experienced teachers. The research studies summarized in this brief use various measures of teacher quality, including selectivity of undergraduate college, teacher scores on standardized exams, and value-added measures of student outcomes as well as experience and subject-matter knowledge. Lankford, Loeb, and Wykoff (2002) specifically examine the correlations among a number of school-level teacher quality measures and find relatively high correlations, indicating that schools that rank relatively low on one measure rank relatively low on other measures as well. In this brief, the term "teacher quality" is used to refer broadly to these measures. This brief does the following: (1) Discusses what the research says about improving the distribution of highly qualified, experienced teachers; (2) Presents policy responses to equitable distribution challenges and reviews their relative cost-effectiveness; (3) Suggests ways for states to use data to identify districts and schools in need of targeted assistance for attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers, and highlights the data that states and districts should be collecting and analyzing to assess the effectiveness of new programs for improving teacher distribution; and (4) Describes strategies currently being used by states to improve teacher distribution. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 1 footnote.)
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 877-322-8700; Fax: 202-223-8939; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001