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Reed, Sherrie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
High quality instruction delivered by effective teachers is the key to student success. Hiring, developing and retaining good teachers are therefore the most important tasks of our public schools. The tasks of teacher recruitment and retention have traditionally been delegated to the human resource department within school districts, but leaving…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Selection, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence
Strunk, Katharine O.; Marsh, Julie A.; Bruno, Paul – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
In nearly every state across the country there has been recent legislative or judicial activity aimed at amending policies that shape the quality of the teacher labor force (e.g., Marianno, 2015). At the heart of this recent legislative and judicial action is the desire to attract and retain a high-quality teacher for every classroom. Good policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Preservice Teacher Education
Koppich, Julia E.; Humphrey, Daniel C. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
In California as elsewhere, state policy anticipates that aspiring teachers will follow a uniform, multistep path into the profession. It assumes they will complete a preparation program and earn a preliminary credential, take a teaching job and be assigned probationary status, complete a two-year induction program (the Beginning Teacher Support…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Education
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
In this policy brief, Heather Hough and Susanna Loeb examine the effect of the Quality Teacher and Education Act of 2008 (QTEA) on teacher recruitment, retention, and overall teacher quality in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They provide evidence that a salary increase can improve a school district's attractiveness within their…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Incentives, Educational Policy, Teacher Recruitment
Koski, William S.; Tang, Aaron – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
There is broad agreement that teacher quality is related to student achievement, but there is far less agreement about the degree to which school districts and administrators are constrained in making policies to improve teacher quality that might also affect teacher employment and working conditions. Conventional wisdom holds that state law and…
Descriptors: Teacher Employment, Teacher Effectiveness, State Legislation, Collective Bargaining
Harris, Douglas N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2010
In this policy brief, the author explores the problems with attainment measures when it comes to evaluating performance at the school level, and explores the best uses of value-added measures. These value-added measures, the author writes, are useful for sorting out-of-school influences from school influences or from teacher performance, giving…
Descriptors: Principals, Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Measurement Techniques
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This case study will serve primarily as an historical account detailing the development of Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA). QTEA and the most salient details that led to its eventual passage, serving as an information source for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and other districts when they take on potentially controversial…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Case Studies, Laws, Urban Schools
Koppich, Julia E.; Rigby, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy primer is designed to provide base-line information about new forms of teacher pay that are emerging around the country, to support the local conversations and negotiations that will lead to the development of innovative compensation systems. It identifies reasons why teacher compensation is high on local, state, and federal policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Innovation, Teacher Motivation, Incentives
Hough, Heather J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy brief reviews the recent experience of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with the development and approval of Proposition A. Proposition A (also known as the Quality Teacher and Education Act, or QTEA) included a parcel tax mainly dedicated to increasing teachers' salaries, along with a variety of measures introducing…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Tax Effort
Koppich, Julia E. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
Local school administrators, board members, and unions are in the best position to devise the compensation, evaluation, and professional development models that work for their communities. Many changes in personnel policy will be the subject of negotiations between school boards and local unions. But the state also has a vital role to play in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Personnel Policy, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
Fuller, Bruce; Gesicki, Kathryn; Sweo, Thea; Jung, Sunyoung – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
California continues to widen access to local child care and preschool programs--albeit in fits and starts--for a variety of families. About 65% of all four year-olds statewide now attend a preschool center. Government spends $3.6 billion on early care and education programs statewide, including a three-fold increase in state spending since 1996.…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Community Organizations, Child Care, Child Development
Gandara, Patricia; Maxwell-Jolly, Julie; Driscoll, Anne – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2005
As long as students with limited English language skills have attended California schools a debate has raged among educators and policy-makers regarding how best to educate these children. A major focal point of this debate is bilingual education. That is, the viability, advisability, and effectiveness of using students' primary language in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Public Education