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.
MARK R. WARNER, governor of Virginia since
January 2002 and ECS chairman is leading
ECS' efforts to make the recruitment and
preparation of high-quality teachers for
hard-to-staff schools a greater priority
for state governors, legislators, chief
state school officers and other state
CHARLES R. COBLE, ECS vice president of
policy studies and programs and executive
director of the ECS Teaching Quality Policy
Center since 2003, was honored for
outstanding service to the field of policy
or research in teacher education. Coble
received the American Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE)
David G. Imig Award for Distinguished
Contributions to Teacher Education at
AACTE's 56th Annual Meeting in Chicago.
ECS is in the process of completing
a STATE TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND
RETENTION POLICY DATABASE that will
be available in April. The database
will include, among other things:
* Financial recruitment incentives
* Teacher retirement policies
* Licensure/pension reciprocity policies.
New Center Publications Back to top.
ECS has just published a study by Richard
Ingersoll that is a first-of-its-kind review
of the RESEARCH ON INDUCTION AND MENTORING.
The findings suggest that teacher induction
and mentoring programs can have a positive
impact on teacher retention and calls for
more robust research in order to provide
stronger support for policy recommendations.
The ECS HOUSSE DATABASE and 50-State
HOUSSE reports demonstrate how states
are planning to assess the subject-matter
competency of their existing teachers.
Several states have taken TEACHER QUALITY
DATA COLLECTION to a new level by requiring
information above and beyond data requirements
in Title II, NCLB, and national or state
accreditation programs. Added state data-
collection measures include tracking:
teacher impact on student achievement,
beginning teacher classroom performance,
career path data, employer statisfaction
data and teacher preparation program
Upcoming Center Meetings/Events Back to top.
Mark your calendar and save the date
for the ECS SPRING STEERING COMMITTEE
MEETING, April 16-18 in Boise, Idaho.
Related ECS Activities Back to top.
Teacher flight is just one of numerous
challenges faced by URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS
according to a new ECS report "Improving
Academic Achievement in Urban Districts:
What State Policy Makers Can Do."
The ECS Center for Community College Policy
has released four policy papers related to
the "COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S ROLE IN TEACHER
PREPARATION." The papers cover a number of
topics, including the community college as a
professional development resource for working
teachers, training for paraprofessionals,
transfer and articulation for teacher
education candidates, and teacher education
See what U.S. governors say about education
in their STATE-OF-THE-STATE ADDRESSES.
What States Are Doing Back to top.
ALABAMA Governor Bob Riley has proposed
modifying tenure for teachers and
eliminating tenure for administrators.
Riley also has proposed allowing schools
to hire teachers for part-time positions
without having to provide them with tenure
or the benefits provided to full-time teachers.
ARKANSAS recently signed legislation
that provides housing incentives to
encourage high-performing teachers
to move to high-priority school
districts. Incentives include home
loans, adjusted mortgage rates and a
pilot rental-housing program.
Since 2000, city leaders in Chattanooga,
TENNESSEE's fourth-largest city, have
used various financial incentives to draw
the region's best teachers into its most
troubled schools, including:
* $5,000 annual bonus
* Free tuition toward a master's degree
* $10,000 loan toward a down payment for a home
* $2,000 to every teacher in a school with significant improvements in
Since the initiative began, 100 underperforming teachers have been transferred out of the district's nine low-performing schools and replaced with more accomplished teachers.
Good Reads Back to top.
A new book, "Letters to the Next President"
includes a series of letters from numerous
prominent educators and public leaders concerning
the shortcomings of current state and federal
education policies. The letters attempt to offer
a variety of solutions for guaranteeing a better
education system, including ATTRACTING AND
RETAINING GOOD TEACHERS.
Recruiting and retaining HIGH-QUALITY
TEACHERS has been a persistent challenge for
rural school districts. A recent AEL policy
brief examines the issue and suggests
strategies to address the problem,
* Offering financial incentives
* Improving recruiting and hiring practices
* Requiring/financing induction programs.
The Teaching Commission's new report
establishes two strategies essential
to raising student performance and
transforming the way in which the
nation's public school TEACHERS ARE
RECRUITED AND RETAINED. The two
strategies are to: (1) bring a national sense of urgency to luring and keeping the best and brightest in the teaching profession and (2) muster the political will to act on recommendations for putting a high-quality teacher in every classroom.
Qualified teachers are a critical national
resource that requires federal investment
and cross-state coordination, as well as
other state and local action. A recent
article by Linda Darling-Hammond and
Gary Sykes states that the NO CHILD LEFT
BEHIND ACT provides a standard for equitable
access to teacher quality that is both
reasonable and feasible if supported by
appropriate national programs.
According to a report from the Center for the
Study of Teaching and Policy, in 1999-2000,
well over four million 7th to 12th graders in
each of the fields of English, math and history
were taught by teachers with neither a major
nor a minor in the field. The report finds that,
despite numerous policy attempts to reduce
OUT-OF-FIELD TEACHING, the problem has gotten
slightly worse in recent years.
In a recent publication, the Education Trust
takes a critical look at the ramifications of
states REPORTING INACCURATE DATA on highly
qualified teachers in their jurisdictions. The
publication also examines the value of making
such data, and U.S. Department of Education
analyses thereof, readily available to the
President Bush's recently released 2005 budget
allots no federal money to the NATIONAL BOARD
FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS (NBPTS).
It is the first time in years that NBPTS has
no national funding. The board has received
sizeable support from the government since 1990,
with $129 million coming from the U.S. Department
of Education alone.
Other Useful Web Sites Back to top.
The Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) innovative
Web site, the TEACHER HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER,
provides CPS teachers with information on the
best housing options in the city, including:
* Student teacher housing
* Rental properties
* Home purchase options.
The U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development's (HUD) TEACHER
NEXT DOOR PROGRAM offers a 50% discount
to any public or private K-12 school
teacher or administrator who purchases
select HUD properties in certain
International Focus Back to top.
In March 2002, the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development launched a major
project, "ATTRACTING, DEVELOPING AND
RETAINING EFFECTIVE TEACHERS," scheduled for
completion in mid-2004. There are currently
25 countries participating.
The Columbia Group provides a brief
summary of how GERMANY, JAPAN AND CHINA
are preparing teachers.
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