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ECS TQ Update

June - July 2003

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Welcome to the TQ Update, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing information and resources on teacher quality related issues.

Teaching Quality Policy Center News
The ECS Teaching Quality Policy Center welcomes Researcher JENNIFER AZORDEGAN whose work will focus primarily on tracking states' design and implementation of teaching quality policies related to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

ECS has developed a set of specific "decision points" for use in determining state compliance with federal NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND requirements. To view the decision points relative to teacher quality and all other NCLB requirements, see

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New Center Publications
“Eight Questions on Teacher Preparation: What Does the Research Say?" offers an objective analysis of what 92 research studies say about TEACHER PREPARATION. The full report will be available on July 10 and is the first in a series of four to be released by ECS. For more information, contact Michael Allen at

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Upcoming Center Meetings/Events
The 10th Amendment, world-renowned businesses and business leaders, and Sesame Street's Grover all will be part of The 2003 NATIONAL FORUM ON EDUCATION POLICY. The Forum takes place July 13-16 in Denver.

The July 13 ECS/American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference: BUILDING PARTENERSHIPS THAT CREATE QUALITY TEACHERS, will provide an opportunity for policymakers, deans from teacher education colleges, representatives from community colleges and others to explore initiatives and issues related to teacher education. This meeting is by invitation only.

On July 16 the ECS Teaching Quality Policy Center is hosting a TQ Mini-Summit which will work to produce an inventory of major current and planned teacher quality initiatives and key organizational contacts. All organizations attending the invitational meeting and others are invited to complete and return the TEACHING QUALITY INVENTORY.

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Related ECS Activities
The ECS CENTER FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE POLICY recently sponsored a national summit examining policy options for community colleges to help address the current shortages of high quality teachers. For more information on this project, click here:

ECS recently hosted the STATE LEADER FORUM ON EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY to help states improve the design of their accountability systems to support teaching, learning and system-wide enhancements consistent with the No Child Left Behind Act. Participants will convene twice more over the next year. For an overview of this project click here:

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What States Are Doing
In COLORADO, the Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association have developed a draft recommendation for a PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE plan that would overhaul compensation in the Denver Public Schools. The plan incorporates four elements that reward teachers based on: 1) student academic performance; 2) commitment to continued professional development; 3) performance in an evaluation; and 4) willingness to work in hard-to-staff schools.

NORTH CAROLINA has been granted permission to waive implementation of the federal highly qualified teacher standard for at least one year.

The NEW YORK City Department of Education recently announced two new programs to recruit teachers for the city's public schools, including:
* The Call Back to Teaching Program
* The Excelsior Teacher Initiative (ETI).
The Call Back to Teaching Program seeks to attract 300 experienced teachers back into public school classrooms, while ETI seeks to recruit 500 math, science and special education teachers to high need schools.,,

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Good Reads
Two new Education Next articles examine TEACHER PAY issues. “Low Pay, Low Quality," by Peter Temin argues that the market for teaching has failed in part due to the continued reliance on an obsolete view of the pool of potential teachers. The second article, “Comparable Worth" by Richard Vedder, claims that higher pay is necessary to lure high quality applicants away from more lucrative alternatives

The National Education Association has produced a guidebook offering a series of recommended strategies to ATTRACT and RETAIN QUALIFIED TEACHERS.

A new Learning First Alliance report, “Beyond Islands of Excellence: What Districts Can Do to Improve Instruction and Achievement in All Schools," looks at five high poverty districts making strides in improving student achievement. The report also discusses new approaches to PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT used in the districts.

According to a Public Agenda TEACHER SURVEY, more than three in four teachers believe they are “scapegoats for all the problems facing education." Teachers also see unions and tenure as necessary protections against school politics and unfounded accusations by parents and students.

The Milken Family Foundation's Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) has launched a TEACHER QUALITY NEWSLETTER, What's On TAP, which will examine teacher quality issues, offer solutions for education reform and update readers on the progress and of the Teacher Advancement Program.

According to a report released by the MINNESOTA Office of Educational Accountability, the number of teachers working in the state in areas for which they are not licensed has quadrupled over the past three years.

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Other Useful Web Sites
The U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE Web site contains links to recently completed action on the Title II bill, “Ready to Teach Act 2003." The bill, which provides teacher quality enhancement grants for states, was favorably reported to the full House by voice vote.

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International Focus
A recent publication by the European Agency for Development in SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION examines teachers and special needs education, including:
* Inclusion and teacher support
* Initial special education teacher training
* Supplementary special needs training.

EURYDICE, the information network of education in Europe, provides a comprehensive database (Eurybase) on education systems in Europe, including:
* Information on teachers and teaching staff
* Evaluation of teaching system.

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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.


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