ERIC Number: EJ711909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Washington Commentary: Highly Qualified Teachers--We Know 'Em when We See 'Em
Lewis, Anne C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n8 p563 Apr 2005
NCLB's emphasis on seeing to it that all classrooms are staffed by highly qualified teachers is commendable. Teacher competence is the most important factor in student learning. The ability to define that competence had been gradually emerging from research and policy making before NCLB, but the law, unfortunately, is loosening its grasp on a consensus about what it means to be highly qualified. This is one of those ideas--like several others discussed previously in this column--that is being left behind. Highly qualified teachers, according to NCLB, must have a standard license, possess a degree in the subject they are assigned to, or have successfully passed tests in the subjects or met some other standard set by the state. Slipping to the back burner are many years of effort to build a definition of teacher competence through performance standards.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Public Education, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001