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EDUCATION WEEK RELEASES NEW REPORT: Quality Counts 2003: If I Can’t Learn From You, Reveals National Teacher Gap

A new Education Week report finds that while states have begun implementing programs to recruit and retain qualified teachers, few efforts attempt to attract teachers to schools where their skills are needed most. Quality Counts 2003: If I Can’t Learn From You, examines the “teacher gap” that exists between high-poverty, high-minority, and low-performing schools versus schools in more affluent areas.

According to the report, nearly one-third of students in high-poverty secondary schools, and one in four in high-minority secondary schools are taught by at least one teacher who does not have a minor, much less an academic major, in the subject he or she teaches. Meanwhile, one-fifth, an amount still unacceptable, of students in low-poverty or low-minority schools are taught by such teachers.

The report also highlights policies currently underway in the 50 states to attract, recruit, support and retain well-qualified teachers for high-needs schools and suggests ways that policymakers can develop programs and incentives to draw qualified teachers toward those districts with the greatest need.

Read the complete report from Education Week

Upcoming Forum on Highly Qualified TeachersEducators will gather January 30 for Pathways to Excellence: A Qualified Teacher for Every Student, a discussion forum hosted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Education Week. The aim of the forum is to discuss effective strategies for providing highly qualified teachers for our nation’s youth. There will also be an emphasis on how No Child Left Behind Act will affect the next generations of teachers.

Panelists will include Virginia Edwards of Education Week; Kati Haycock of the Education Trust; Sharon Draper, a National Board Certified Teacher; Pat Forgione, Austin Independent School District Superintendent; Lisa Graham Keegan of the Education Leaders Council; Mary Futrell of the George Washington University; and Ralph Regula (R-OH), Chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

For more information on the event, see the NBPTS Web site

 

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