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ERIC Number: ED565732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Great Teachers Are Not Born, They Are Made: Case Study Evidence from Massachusetts Charters. White Paper No. 130
Candal, Cara Stillings
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
In recent decades, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has implemented reforms aimed at improving and controlling the quality of the teaching workforce in public schools. Among those reforms are tests for licensure that assess both general and content-area specific knowledge, requirements for ongoing teacher professional development, and procedures for teacher evaluation. Notable is the continued high performance of Massachusetts's commonwealth charter schools--schools that, by law, do not have to comply with requirements for teacher licensure. With a teaching workforce that is comparatively young, unlicensed, and slightly less likely to stay in the profession, Massachusetts's charter schools achieve stellar student achievement results. Evidence presented in this report from case studies of five high-performing charters schools from around the state reveal that these schools create highly effective teaching workforces in specific ways. The schools included in this report have varied but well defined philosophies about the importance of teacher retention and the need to build organizational pipelines to support the induction of new teacher recruits and the growth of more experienced faculty members.
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. 185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-723-2277; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Center for School Reform
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System; National Assessment of Educational Progress