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ERIC Number: ED535643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 70
Abstractor: ERIC
Getting Better at Teacher Preparation and State Accountability: Strategies, Innovations, and Challenges under the Federal Race to the Top Program
Crowe, Edward
Center for American Progress
A key focus of the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative in public education is to support states that implement plans for "recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most." Race to the Top asked states to adopt more vigorous teacher-education accountability mechanisms and to establish or expand programs "that are successful at producing effective teachers." Since the Center for American Progress published "Race to the Top and Teacher Preparation: Analyzing State Strategies for Ensuring Real Accountability and Fostering Program Innovation" in March 2011, the 12 states funded by Race to the Top program in 2010 continued to implement their ambitious agendas. This paper discusses new information about the specifics of these states' goals, activities, and challenges as part of the profiles of the commitments made by these states to improve teacher education and to strengthen public disclosure and accountability of program performance. The paper describes the key findings in separate profiles of the 12 winners: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. Then based on analysis of the winning strategies, this paper makes policy recommendations directed to the U.S. Department of Education, the winners, and others interested in teacher quality. Definition of Race to the Top program terminology in the charts of this report is appended. (Contains 58 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Rhode Island; Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A