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Document Number: 8573

Creating a Comprehensive Teacher Data System - Research consistently has shown that teachers have the most impact on student learning. We need to know much more about teachers if we are to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students. We need to know where teachers are trained, what subjects and grades they teach, who their students are, and how their students perform. Having this data would make it possible to: (1) Improve teacher preparation programs and routes to certification; (2) Generate information on class sizes by subject area; (3) Estimate expenditures at the school level; (4) Improve professional development tailored to staff needs; (5) Better understand teacher supply and demand; (6) Determine the experience level of teachers of low-income and special needs students; and (7) Target support and professional development activities where they are needed most. (Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, Data Quality Campaign, May 2010)...

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