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Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge the Secretarys Annual Report on Teacher Quality

By Paige, Rod

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Title: Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge the Secretarys Annual Report on Teacher Quality  
Author: Paige, Rod
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Department of Education pub, Education.
Collections: Educational Resource Collection
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Publisher: U.S. Department of Education


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Excerpt: A MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION Just a few months ago, President George W. Bush and the United States Congress issued a compelling challenge to our nation to ensure that in this great land, no child is left behind. I take that challenge seriously, and I take it literally. Meeting that challenge will require the hard work and attention of parents, business leaders, concerned citizens, school administrators, and students. But more than anyone, meeting that challenge will require the talent and dedication of America?s teachers. As President Bush said recently,?We give our teachers a great responsibility to shape the minds and hopes of our children. We owe them our thanks and our praise and our support.? As a part of the No Child Left Behind Act, Congress issued another challenge to ensure that, by the end of the 2005-2006 school year, every classroom in America has a teacher who is ?highly qualified.? After all, only with a talented teacher in every classroom will our students have the opportunity to excel. Will our nation meet the ?highly qualified teachers? challenge? As this report explains, this challenge will be met only if our state policies on teacher preparation and certification change dramatically. This report and information provided on an accompanying Web site ( meet the requirements of Title II of the Higher Education Act, which created a national reporting system on the quality of teacher preparation. It provides a wealth of new information on teacher quality in the United States. I hope it also serves as a useful guide as jurisdictions work to meet the requirements of the new law by placing a highly qualified teacher in every classroom. Most importantly, I hope it serves as a helpful tool as all of our communities work to ensure that no child is left behind.

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Table of Contents: A Message from the Secretary of Education, iii -- Executive Summary, vii -- Introduction, 1 -- Background on the Secretary?s Report, 1 -- Outline of the Secretary?s Report, .2 -- Chapter One: The Quest for Highly Qualified Teachers, .3 -- Demanding Highly Qualified Teachers, 4 -- What We Know about Highly Qualified Teachers, 6 -- Evidence That Good Teachers Matter, 6 -- Evidence of the Importance of Verbal Ability and Content Knowledge, .7 -- The Evidence on Pedagogy and Education Degrees, 8 -- Conclusion: The Challenge of Highly Qualified Teachers, .9 -- Chapter Two: Preparing and Certifying Highly Qualified Teachers: Today?s Broken -- System and Its Alternative, 11 -- Introduction, 11 -- A Brief History of American Teacher Preparation, .11 -- Today?s System: High Barriers, Low Standards, 12 -- Why Teacher Training Programs Fail to Attract the Best Students, .13 -- Alternate Routes to Certification: A Model for the Future, 15 -- Putting It all Together: A New Model for Teacher Preparation and Certification, 19 -- Highly Qualified Teachers and Standards-Based Reform, 20 -- Chapter Three: Are States Doing Enough to Produce Highly Qualified Teachers? -- Lessons From the Title II Reporting System, 23 -- Raising Standards for Verbal Ability and Content Knowledge: Are States Doing Enough? .23 -- Streamlining Certification Systems: Are States Doing Enough?, 31 -- Developing Alternate Routes to Certification: Are States Doing Enough?, 31 -- Evidence That States Are Not Doing Enough: Reliance on Teacher Waivers, 34 -- Chapter Four: Looking Forward: A Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom, 39 -- The Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge, .39 -- Raising the Bar on What Matters Most, .39 -- Radically Streamlining the System, 40 -- Alternate Routes to the Solution, 40 -- Looking Ahead, .41 -- Endnotes, .43 -- Appendix A: Issues in Implementing Title II Requirements for Data Collection and Reporting 45 -- Appendix B: Selected Data Tables, .53


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