On July 9, the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation that would help states and school districts meet the "highly qualified teacher" requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES FINAL REGULATIONS FOR NCLB: Regulations Include Clarifications on Teacher Quality ArticleDecember 09, 2002
After receiving over 700 comments from approximately 140 parties in regard to proposed regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige issued final regulations to further clarify federal, state, and local responsibilities under NCLB.
SUPPORT FOR NEW-TEACHER EXCELLENCE: New Reports Say Financial Incentives and Induction Programs are Successful Tools to Help Meet the Highly Qualified Teacher Challenge ArticleDecember 09, 2002
Two recent reports argue that financial incentives and induction programs are successful in both recruiting new teachers and retaining veteran educators.
RETAINING OUR BEST: Successful Strategies to Support New Teachers and Keep Veteran Educators ArticleDecember 09, 2002
School districts across the country will need to develop successful strategies both to support new teachers and to keep veteran educators in place if the nation is committed to making sure that no child is left behind.
The Alliance for Excellent Education in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) will hold a special forum on recruiting, retaining, and preparing qualified teachers.
A new Alliance report, New-Teacher Excellence: Retaining Our Best, argues that as school districts around the nation work overtime to implement the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), they may inadvertently be accelerating the departure of experienced teachers and failing to provide struggling new teachers with the supports they need to become comfortable and effective in the classroom.
In its recent report, Every Child a Graduate, the Alliance makes the case for a Teacher and Principal Quality Initiative that encourages our best teachers and principals to work in high-need schools, to improve their skills, and to grow in their professions.
ONE WEEK LATER: House of Representatives Passes Key Component of the Alliance’s Framework for an Excellent Education ArticleOctober 07, 2002
Exactly one week after the release of the Alliance for Excellent Education's new report, Every Child a Graduate, the House of Representatives passed the "Canceling Loans to Allow School Systems to Attract Classroom Teachers Act" (CLASS ACT), a loan-forgiveness bill for teachers that embodies a key component of the report's Teacher and Principal Quality Initiative.
In an effort to meet the highly qualified teacher requirement in No Child Left Behind, some school districts have raised class-size limits to reduce the number of teachers needed. According to Education Week, 56 percent of the Los Angeles school district's newly hired teachers are certified, compared with only 34 percent last year.
EVERY CHILD A GRADUATE: Alliance Releases New Report on Improving Student Performance in Middle and High Schools ArticleSeptember 23, 2002
In its new report, Every Child a Graduate, the Alliance for Excellent Education calls for the implementation of four recommendations to boost student performance in middle and high schools.