In light of the NCLB legislation, this article describes the effectiveness of alternative forms of teacher certification. Alternative certification has grown in popularity in recent years, but as the article notes, the results have been mixed. Some studies demonstrate that alternative certification is fast and also effective in producing well educated children,...
States with the Most Progress on Teacher Policy since 2009
"For 2011, Florida received the highest overall teacher policy grade with a B, and three other states – Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee – earned B minuses. Three additional states received grades of C+: Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Together, these seven states have earned the highest teacher quality grades in Yearbook history, a marked improvement over 2009, when the highest grade received by any state was a C, and Florida was the only state to earn that grade.
This year four states received top grades in one of the Yearbook's five teacher quality goal areas: Rhode Island received an A- for its policy efforts to identify effective teachers; and Colorado, Illinois and Oklahoma each earned an A for their solid policy approaches to exiting ineffective teachers.
Overall, 28 state grades improved in 2011 over state performance in 2009. Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Rhode Island demonstrated the most progress on state teacher policy for 2011. In particular, Indiana and Minnesota showed progress not only on teacher evaluation but also on improving teacher preparation policy. Across a total of 36 policy goals, each of the top five states made progress on 10 or more goals."
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