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TNTP, 2021
Unfortunately, Arkansas has faced a massive shortage of certified teachers for decades. Statewide, 4 percent of public school teachers are uncertified, with another 3 percent teaching out of field. In many districts, the percentage of uncertified is much higher: as high as 56 percent in the Helena-West Helena School District, and 52 percent in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Geographic Regions, Minority Group Students
TNTP, 2020
When it comes to ensuring every student gets great teachers, state governments play a crucial and underappreciated role. Without access to the right data, school systems will struggle to match the supply and demand for new teachers. Without certification policies that prioritize student impact over paper credentials, too many talented people will…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness, Diversity (Faculty)
TNTP, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states new flexibility to deliver on the promise of public education in the way that works best for the communities they serve--especially when it comes to building school accountability systems. These systems are among the most powerful tools at a state chief's disposal to advance ESSA's goals of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
TNTP, 2014
Education policy often requires balancing the professional interests of adult employees with the educational needs and rights of students. Nearly everyone agrees, for example, that children deserve an education that prepares them for success in college and life, and that teachers should be afforded reasonable job protections. Yet these values and…
Descriptors: Tenure, Guidelines, Educational Policy, Personnel Policy
Sanders, Steven; Zunkiewicz, Kelly; Strait, Laura; Towne, Michael – TNTP, 2014
A single great teacher can change a life by introducing a new language, helping you master a new skill or opening a door you never knew was there. That's why every year, TNTP awards the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice: to celebrate a select cohort of public school teachers who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Awards, Music Education
Menzes, Ana; Maier, Adam – TNTP, 2014
The field of teacher preparation is falling short of its most important responsibility: ensuring that the teachers we train are ready to do the job. For more than a decade,TNTP preparation programs produced teachers who were no more or less effective than teachers from any other program-- some were great, some were poor, most were about average.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Teaching Skills, Basic Skills
Fishman, Shira; Henderson, Whitney; Irish, Jamie; Lyons, Katie; Ross, Leslie – TNTP, 2012
Founded by TNTP, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for the nation's best teachers in high-poverty public schools. The goal is to shine a spotlight on great teaching and amplify the voices of some of the nation's best educators so that others can gain insight into their remarkable classrooms. No more than five…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Instruction
TNTP, 2012
This paper presents five ways principals can keep more irreplaceable teachers. These tips are: (1) Start the school year with great expectations; (2) Recognize excellence publicly and frequently; (3) Treat your irreplaceables like they are irreplaceable; (4) Start having "stay conversations" by Thanksgiving; and (5) Hold the line on good teaching.…
Descriptors: Principals, Urban Schools, School Culture, Institutional Characteristics
TNTP, 2011
A vast gulf in academic achievement separates public schools in Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods from those in its most affluent. Achievement Prep, which serves 4th-8th graders in D.C.'s impoverished 8th Ward, is an outlier. Yet in 2011, 60% of Achievement Prep's "scholars" scored proficient or advanced in reading on the DC-CAS…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), Neighborhoods, Public Schools
TNTP, 2011
This paper presents myths as well as facts about value-added analysis. These myths include: (1) "Value-added isn't fair to teachers who work in high-need schools, where students tend to lag far behind academically"; (2) "Value-added scores are too volatile from year-to-year to be trusted"; (3) "There's no research behind value-added"; (4) "Using…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods