Federal negotiators have pushed back on the U.S. Department of Education's attempts to tie together the Title II accountability system for teacher preparation with eligibility for the TEACH grant program. (The two policies are housed in different federal statutes.) TEACH is a grant program that subsidizes tuition for candidates who agree to teach in high-needs fields in low-income schools for four years. States must identify "high quality" programs for the purpose of TEACH, and the Education Department has also proposed making that label the top tier of a four-tiered system states would be required to use to classify their ...
February 2012 Archives
Negotiators trying to hash out new federal regulations for teacher-preparation programs seem to have hit the first major stumbling block on the road.
Draft federal regulations under discussion this week would require states to classify teacher preparation programs into four categories, from low- to high-performing.
New York state will release to news outlets tomorrow "value added" reports that purport to estimate a teacher's impact on his or her students' standardized test scores—an action certain to thrust discussion of these measures into the public eye once again, and one that also raises big questions about journalism ethics.
Even as there are more and more novice teachers in the ranks of the profession, states' teacher induction policies are generally piecemeal, contends a new report by the New Teacher Center.
Teacher Beat presents a cheat sheet of the FY 2013 federal teacher quality proposals.
States provided more teacher-evaluation details to receive NCLB waivers, but at bottom most states have many promises to keep.
Data from teacher evaluations could provide insight into the overall quality of instruction in America's schools.
The American Federation of Teachers' executive council unanimously voted today to endorse Barack Obama for U.S. President.
Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to begin debating a host of bills today that would, among other things, prohibit collective bargaining for public employees and make it even more difficult for unions to deduct money that could go towards lobbying.