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.
Want to know how your state is doing in meeting
requirements of the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Act that
relate to having high-quality teachers? ECS is
tracking state progress on five indicators,
including defining "highly qualified" teachers
and having one in every classroom, testing
elementary school teachers, increasing high-quality
professional development and determining teachers'
As part of its interest in making EDUCATION RESEARCH
more valuable to policymakers, ECS has hosted three
meetings between leaders on both sides of the fence.
The most recent meeting focused on the challenges of
making research more responsive to state policy,
efforts to address the challenges, and how policymakers
and researchers can support one another. Participants
also explored the possibility of implementing in the
field of education a consensus decisionmaking process
similar to that used by the National Institutes of
Health. Here is a summary of the discussion.
New Center Publications Back to top.
What makes one national commission succeed when so many
others don't? Charles Coble, executive director of the
ECS Teaching Quality Policy Center, recently interviewed
JAMES B. HUNT JR. and LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, who directed
the National Commission on Teaching for America's Future.
Hunt and Darling-Hammond share their approaches, their
experiences and the lessons they learned in making sure
the commission's work to improve teaching in this
country got results.
The most promising education solution to poor student
achievement lies in ensuring all of our nation's
students, particularly those in high-poverty and
hard-to-staff schools, have better QUALIFIED TEACHERS,
says Michael Allen, TQPC program director. Allen
describes why supply and distribution problems and
teachers' working conditions need attention.
Upcoming Center Meetings/Events Back to top.
The Teaching Quality Policy Center (TQPC) NATIONAL
ADVISORY BOARD MEETING will take place March 24-25 in
Denver at the ECS office. The meeting will include a
discussion of current ECS teaching quality efforts, a
critique of the proposed TQPC strategic plan and an
opportunity for board members to share information
about initiatives they're involved in.
From March 18-20, ECS will cosponsor a discussion of
"CHANGING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS To Improve Teaching
Quality." Cosponsors include the North Central Regional
Educational Laboratory and the Johnson Foundation in
Racine, Wisconsin. For more information, contact
Michael Allen at email@example.com.
TQPC Executive Director Charles Coble will be
attending the annual LABORATORY FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
(LSS) meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Teacher
Project. LSS is a grant recipient in the teacher mobility
initiative sponsored by ECS and the State Higher Education
What States Are Doing Back to top.
A new report by Mid-Continent Research for Education
and Learning (MCREL), "Teacher Supply and Demand in the
State of COLORADO," looks at trends in student
populations, the teacher workforce, teacher qualifications
and workforce attributes (salaries, attrition, new hires,
supply and demand.)
"Head of the Class: A Quality Teacher in Every
Classroom" examines current state policy in PENNSYLVANIA
relative to teacher quality, including the expanded
federal role created by No Child Left Behind and Title II
of the Higher Education Act. The report is from the
Education Policy and Leadership Center.
In 2001, the WASHINGTON Legislature created grants for
alternative routes to teacher certification. An interim
report by the Washington State Institute for Public
policy looks at the following questions:
* What are alternative routes to teacher certification?
* What is the status of Washington's alternative route
* Who are Washington's alternative route interns?
* What are the next steps for the institute's evaluation?
The NORTH CAROLINA Education Research Council has analyzed
the state's issues around teacher demand, supply and quality,
including the following:
* Major components of overall supply and demand
* Geographic distribution
* Quality issue.
A new Web site attempts to provide "A Teacher
Qualification Index for CALIFORNIA's Schools,"
based on the credential status and experience level of
teachers. The site also provides an indication of
how "underqualified" teachers are distributed within
each of the state's school districts.
Good Reads Back to top.
The "teacher shortage" is actually a severe TEACHER
RETENTION problem, according to a new report about
the nation's teacher supply crisis. "No Dream Denied:
A Pledge to America's Children," from the National
Commission on Teaching and America's Future, reports
that almost one-third of all new teachers leave the
classroom after three years, and that close to 50%
leave after five years. The report finds that retirement
isn't the main culprit; teachers who leave the classroom
for reasons other than retirement outnumber those
retiring by almost three to one. More than a quarter
of a million teachers stop teaching every year, and the
cumulative effect is that high teacher turnover and
attrition are undermining teaching quality.
By linking TEACHER EVALUATION with academic standards
for students and professional standards for educators,
policymakers can transform teacher education into a
more effective tool for improving instructional
practice and raising student achievement, according
to a new issue brief from the National Governors
Read the highlights of the 2002 National Conference on
TEACHER COMPENSATION AND EVALUATION, sponsored by the
Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Sessions
focus on performance pay, licensure, pensions, evaluation
and other topics.
Other Useful Web Sites Back to top.
For information on TEACHER MENTORING programs,
visit these Web sites:
* North Central Regional Educational Laboratory:
* California BTSA program: http://www.btsa.ca.gov
* Connecticut BEST program: http://www.csde.state.ct.us/sde
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