Analysis of State Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Teaching

Principal Investigators

Eric Hirsch, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Julia Koppich, Koppich & Associates
Michael Knapp, University of Washington

Overview

This analysis updated a CTP Working Paper done two years earlier entitled What States Are Doing to Improve the Quality of Teaching, which drew on the NCSL's state tracking system and other sources (e.g., The Education Week Quality Counts series). The earlier piece, by Eric Hirsch of NCSL, Julie Koppich, and Michael Knapp, offered descriptive patterns of activity across all 50 states in five realms of improvement effort: (1) promoting visions of good teaching and learning; (2) attracting, rewarding, and retaining capable people in teaching; (3) improving the initial preparation and induction of teachers; (4) motivating and supporting teachers' ongoing professional learning; and (5) enhancing the school workplace environment.

Main Research Questions

Across all 50 states, what have state educational policymakers done in the past several years to:

  • Develop and promote high standards for student learning and for teaching?
  • Attract, reward, and retain capable people in the teaching profession?
  • Support high-quality initial preparation and induction of new teachers?
  • Motivate and support teachers' ongoing professional learning?
  • Enhance the school workplace environment?

Method

Document review

Status

Research Completed

Publications

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  1. Revisiting What States Are Doing to Improve the Quality of Teaching: An Update on Patterns and Trends
    A Working Paper by Eric Hirsch, Julia E. Koppich, and Michael S. Knapp, February 2001.
    Description:

    This updated version of an earlier CTP Working Paper takes a fresh look at recent developments in the realms of state policy related to teacher and teaching quality. The broad-brush, descriptive analysis covers state-level policy action pertaining to (1) development and promotion of high standards for student learning and for teaching; (2) attempts to attract, reward, and retain capable people in the teaching profession; (3) support for high-quality initial preparation and induction of new teachers; (4) attempts to motivate and support teachers' ongoing professional learning; and (5) enhancements to the school workplace environment.

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  2. State Action to Improve Teaching
    Policy Brief 1, December 1999.
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