Welcome to the TQ Update, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing information and resources on teacher quality related issues.
Teaching Quality Policy Center News Back to top.
Next spring, ECS and Learning
Points Associates will be re-releasing
and slightly revising the classic
publication, "PRISONERS OF TIME."
Milton Goldberg and Christopher Cross,
who were key contributors to the original
report, are both involved in the revision.
The work is being conducted through a
grant from the Washington Mutual Foundation
to explore how revisions in the school
day schedule can benefit hard-to-staff schools.
Charles Coble, ECS vice president for policy
studies and programs and executive director
of the ECS Teaching Quality Policy Center
recently gave a presentation on ALTERNATIVE
TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Among other
recommendations, Coble said states should
not be giving new, alternatively prepared
teachers the toughest job assignments.
Coble also recently gave a presentation on ECS' work to improve
Michael Allen, program director at the ECS
Teaching Quality Policy Center, offered
comments at a National Research Council
Center for Education meeting that addressed
the need for further RESEARCH RELATED
TO TEACHING QUALITY.
Related ECS Activities
The ECS CENTER FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
POLICY is completing work on four policy
- Transfer and articulation
- Paraprofessional education
- Baccalaureate degrees at community colleges
- Alternative teacher certification.
These policy briefs will be available January 1.
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What States Are Doing Back to top.
The GEORGIA Governor's Office of Student
Achievement has released its 2002-03 school
system report cards. For the first time,
all data is disaggregated by race, economic
status and other categories.
The ALABAMA Department of Education has
approved a standardized test that teachers
can voluntarily take to be considered
highly qualified, under the federal No Child
Left Behind mandates. Prior to the test,
teachers were required to complete a certain
amount of college courses in the subject
Since October of this year, the TEXAS
State Board for Educator Certification
has been requiring all first-time applicants
for an initial credential to be fingerprinted
as part of a national criminal background
Recently the Texas board proposed the creation
of a temporary certificate that would allow
an uncertified individual to teach if they
hold at least a bachelor's degree and pass
an exam. After a two-year period an individual
could be issued a standard certificate.
Lawmakers in MARYLAND are poised to toughen
state policies that allow retired teachers
to return to the classroom without
affecting their post-retirement earnings.
A General Assembly committee will consider
recommendations to require reemployed
teachers to work in schools that are
performing poorly and to teach critical
subjects such as science and math.
Good Reads Back to top.
The National Council on Teacher Retirement
recently surveyed 70 of its members -- of
which 43 responded -- regarding interstate
teacher reciprocity, including the use of
PENSION RECIPROCITY. The report also looks
at model legislation in Louisiana, Missouri,
New York and Rhode Island.
A new report from the Council of Chief State
School Officers looks at survey data from the
year 2000 on middle level and high school
TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS to get an idea of how
far states still must go to ensure their core
subject-area teachers are highly qualified by
In a recent speech, Dan Fallon of the Carnegie
Corporation examined TEACHING QUALITY and its
impact on student achievement. Read the full
text of his speech and participate in an
online conversation on teaching quality.
Across the country, RURAL TEACHERS ARE
PAID LESS than teachers in other locales,
according to a policy brief from The Rural
School and Community Trust. The brief finds
that, although some exceptions exist, the
trend of offering a lower salary to rural
teachers is found in every region of the
The work of INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING TEAMS
can be complex and difficult, an article from
the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
argues. Nevertheless, the article finds that
such teams offer an alternative model for
school governance that may be key to a
school's capacity to make instructional
changes needed to improve student learning.
Although California's TEACHER SUPPLY is
increasing, significant shortages remain
in key geographic, subject-matter and
special-program areas, according to a new
Center for the Future of Teaching and
Learning report. In addition, the least-
prepared teachers continue to be unfairly
distributed among low-achieving schools
serving poor, minority and English
A report from the Education Testing Service
identifies 14 factors that research shows
contribute to the ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP
among different groups of students. Some
of the identified factors include: teacher
preparation, teacher experience, class size,
availability of technology-assisted
instruction, student mobility and parent
Other Useful Web Sites Back to top.
The ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION
AND DEVELOPMENT Web site provides a number
of interesting reports and international
International Focus Back to top.
School-based teacher training is a sound
monetary investment, and there is evidence
it is improving student achievement, according
to the UNITED KINGDOM'S education watchdog,
the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).
The full OFSTED publication, "An Evaluation
of the Training Schools Programme," also is
The U.S. State Department EURASIAN CULTURAL
EXCHANGE PROGRAM funds and supports exchange
and training programs for professionals,
including teachers, conducted by American
organizations and universities.
In a recent article, two California teachers
describe the experiences they gained through
U.S. State Department, exchange program, grants
Teaching quality is part of the Teaching Quality and Leadership Institute. The mission of the Institute is to provide resources to help state policymakers shape education policy on finding, keeping and developing highly effective teachers and education leaders.
To read more about Teaching Quality,
visit the ECS Issue Site on Teaching