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Knowledge From the Field

Getting Better at Teacher Preparation and State Accountability

Published: December 2011

Publisher(s): Center for American Progress

Author(s): Crowe, Edward

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

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Area of Focus: Teacher Quality and Leadership; Accountability


The paper profiles how the 12 states that won Race to the Top federal funds are working to improve teacher quality and accountability for teacher-preparation programs. The paper provides new information about the specifics of state goals, activities, and challenges, analyzes their strategies, and makes policy recommendations.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=Five of the 12 recipients will publicly disclose persistence in teaching by program graduates; two states will use persistence rates for program accountability.

=Six of the 12 recipients will employ data on job placement of program graduates for public disclosure of teacher-program performance; three states will use job placement as an accountability measure.

=All 12 recipients made commitments to publicly disclose the effectiveness of teacher-preparation programs based on student learning outcomes; five states will use teacher impact on student achievement for program accountability.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Accountability; Data System; Disclosure; Race to the Top; Teacher Education; Teacher Preparation; Teacher Quality

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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