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ERIC Number: ED558026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
Alternative Routes to Teaching: What Do We Know about Effective Policies? Policy Snapshot
Goe, Laura
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
Creating a pipeline of great teachers for all schools and students in each state is a crucial policy goal. Strengthening teacher pipelines requires states to examine multiple policy areas, including certification requirements, educator evaluation, compensation and career ladders, educator environment (e.g., working conditions), and the range of pathways that teachers take to enter the profession. This Policy Snapshot from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), brings into focus one policy area that governors, state legislatures, and state education agencies consider when weighing options for strengthening teacher pipelines: alternative routes to teaching. To help inform state-level deliberations regarding this topic, current research was reviewed and synthesized and a policy scan to examine common practices across states was conducted. The results are summarized in the following sections: (1) Outcomes: Do Preparation Pathways Matter for Student Achievement and Teacher Recruitment and Retention?; and (2) Research-to-Policy: Strategies for Setting Effective Policy for Alternative Routes. Sections include short spotlights on existing alternative pathways policies, which were selected because they provide examples of several of the characteristics and strategies described in the accompanying section. Further information about the research and common practices discussed, as well a detailed overview of state policies on alternative certification, are available from the GTL Center upon request.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Massachusetts; North Carolina; Virginia