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Alter, Jamie; Coggshall, Jane G. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
This Issue Brief, written through a collaboration between two federally funded technical assistance and research dissemination centers, the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) and the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center), describes what "teaching as a clinical practice profession" means to those in the field of teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching (Occupation), State Policy, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers)
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
This policy database provides an overview of state-level policies related to English language learner teacher certification and licensure currently in place across the country.
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners
Goe, Laura; Bell, Courtney; Little, Olivia – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
This research synthesis examines how teacher effectiveness is currently measured. By evaluating the research on teacher effectiveness and the different instruments used to measure it, this research synthesis contributes to the discussion of appropriate rigor and relevance of measures for different purposes (i.e., formative vs. summative…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Achievement Gains
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) designed the Interactive Data Tools to provide users with access to state and national data that can be helpful in assessing the qualifications of teachers in the states and the extent to which a state's teacher policy climate generally supports teacher quality. The Interactive Data…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Certification, Teacher Recruitment
Goe, Laura; Stickler, Leslie M. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
While many studies attest that some teachers contribute more to their students' academic growth than other teachers, research has not been very successful at identifying the specific teacher qualifications, characteristics, and classroom practices that are most likely to improve student learning. Unfortunately, this is just the information that…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement
Coggshall, Jane G.; Stewart, Judy K.; Bhatt, Monica – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
The central goals of federal education policy are to achieve equity of educational opportunity and proficiency in educational outcomes for all students--regardless of gender, ethnicity, income, language of origin, disability, or geography. The means to achieve these goals rely in part on the ability of states and districts to provide every student…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Objectives, Focus Groups
Mathers, Carrie; Oliva, Michelle – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
The purpose of this Research and Policy Brief is to provide state and local policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of the measures used in teacher evaluation--their strengths, limitations, and current use in policy and practice. This brief will underscore aspects of evaluation policies currently aligned with best practices as well as…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Test Reliability, Test Validity
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
The effectiveness of teachers is shaped, at least in part, by the effectiveness of the school principal. Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, and Wahlstrom (2004) find that the total direct and indirect effects of school leadership on student learning account for one quarter of total school effects, claiming, "Leadership is second only to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Effectiveness, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Hirsch, Eric – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers have long understood that teacher quality is the most important variable for the success of students. The context in which educators work is critical to their success and satisfaction; however, identifying and addressing the conditions that teachers want and need is difficult. Assessing context is not…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Professional Identity
Coggshall, Jane; Max, Jeffrey; Bassett, Katherine – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
Performance-based assessment of teachers includes a class of measurement methods designed to assess the quality of teacher performance on one or two important aspects of teaching. It may include portfolios, structured observations, video records of practice, and teacher work samples. Performance-based assessment can be contrasted with assessments…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Teacher Effectiveness
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
Teaching Quality (TQ) Source Tips & Tools: Emerging Strategies to Enhance Educator Quality is an online resource developed by the TQ Center. It is designed to help education practitioners tap into strategies and resources they can use to enhance educator quality. This publication is based on the TQ Source Tips & Tools topic area "Enhancing…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Help Seeking, Leadership Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership
Holdheide, Lynn R.; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
Teacher preparation to deliver inclusive services to students with disabilities is increasingly important because of changes in law and policy emphasizing student access to, and achievement in, the general education curriculum. Inclusion of students with disabilities in general education environments has a long history in special education law;…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Inclusion, General Education, Special Education
Goe, Laura – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2007
Federal law emphasizes the need for states and districts to ensure that "all" students--particularly at-risk students, minority students, and students in high-poverty areas--have access to highly qualified, experienced teachers. But is it sufficient for a teacher to have "paper" qualifications and teaching experience? After all, appropriate…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students
Goe, Laura; Coggshall, Jane – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2007
The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between preservice teacher preparation, teacher in-service practice, and outcomes for students with special needs. A fuller understanding of the "teacher preparation greater than teacher practice greater than student outcomes" connection will inform teacher preparation programs as they work…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Special Needs Students
Smartt, Susan M.; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2007
Despite the fact that the early reading proficiency for all children has become a national mandate captured in both the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the poor performance of America's fourth graders on national examinations of reading proficiency indicates that the nation is far from…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Federal Legislation, Colleges, State Standards
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