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ERIC Number: ED526392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 70
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Springfield, Massachusetts
National Council on Teacher Quality
At the request of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and with additional support from the Springfield Business Leaders for Education, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) undertook this analysis of teacher policies in the Springfield Public Schools. It is important to consider this examination of teacher policies in the context of Springfield's students. Like many other urban districts in this country, far too many of Springfield's students are underperforming academically. Only 53 percent of Springfield's 9th graders graduate four years later, compared to the Massachusetts average of 82 percent. The gap is just as large between Springfield students reaching proficiency on the state MCAS exam and their peers across the state. NCTQ frames this analysis around five standards for improving teacher quality. These standards are supported by a strong research rationale and best practices from the field: (1) Staffing; (2) Evaluations; (3) Tenure; (4) Compensation; and (5) Work Schedule. For each standard, a list of recommendations for Springfield Public Schools but also the state of Massachusetts is provided. Appended are: (1) a comparison between the Springfield's current instrument rubric and a rubric used in D.C. Public Schools; (2) A commentary ""Mini-Observations": Seven Decision Points for the Principal". (Contains 39 figures and 23 footnotes.) [This study is done in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE).]
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: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Massachusetts