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ERIC Number: EJ767312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-16
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
NCLB Rules on "Quality" Fall Short
Keller, Bess
Education Week, v26 n37 p1, 16 May 2007
The end of the school year marks a deadline for states to meet a federal requirement that most teachers be "highly qualified." However, the cutoff holds little threat these days. Even one-time proponents of the provision are conceding their disappointment and are fixing their sights on new ways to raise teacher quality. Advocates vary in how they suggest the teacher-quality mandate of the No Child Left Behind Act has fallen short. On the whole, it has not prompted states to set higher and more sensible requirements with their licensing systems, some say. It has not helped schools get rid of veteran teachers who have not mastered the content they teach, others contend, because states were allowed to set lax standards for teachers on the job when the law passed. Even the requirement for new teachers to pass a subject-area test before stepping in front of a class has been compromised by cutoff scores that differ from state to state, critics maintain. Finally, some argue, the law has hardly addressed the underlying difficulty of ensuring a labor pool deep or skilled enough to serve the most challenging schools. Without significant improvement there, administrators in some districts have been left with unpalatable choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001