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ERIC Number: EJ759581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-2
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
States Given Extra Year on Teachers: "Highly Qualified" Delay Has Strings Attached
Keller, Bess
Education Week, v25 n10 p1, 18 Nov 2005
States and districts are going to get more breathing room to meet the federal mandate that teachers be "highly qualified," but extending the deadline, teacher-quality advocates say, could ultimately bring more pressure on school officials to make progress. That's because the one-year reprieve dangled in late October 2005 by federal education officials is contingent on evidence that a state has been reordering its priorities and building the systems needed to take responsibility for the quality of its teaching force under the No Child Left Behind Act. The deal also requires a state to map out how it intends to move forward and then subject that map to the scrutiny of federal officials. But critics of the mandate point, in part, to the practical hurdles local officials face in finding enough highly qualified teachers for some classrooms--in rural areas and for special education students at the secondary level, for instance. Others also challenge the provision's focus on subject-matter knowledge, rather than evidence of such knowledge in combination with teaching skill.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001