CTP Research Related to Teaching & Policy in Washington State

Some of the Center's research focuses on teaching and policy in Washington State and/or draws heavily from sites and samples within the state. The following pieces will be of particular interest to audiences focused on these matters within Washington State.

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  1. Study of the Incentive Program for Washington's National Board Certified Teachers
    A report prepared for Washington State Board of Education, June 2010.
    Description:

    This study examines the impact of Washington state's incentives for teachers to attain National Board Certification and to work in challenging schools. Using surveys and secondary analyses of state databases, we examine the workforce both prior to and following recent changes in the incentive program. The study considers the nature of NBCTs' assignments, their distribution, retention and mobility patterns compared with other teachers statewide, and the views of teachers and principals regarding NB certification and the state's incentives. The study concludes with policy implications and options for future consideration.

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  2. Examining the Impact of Reduction in Force (RIF) Notices in Washington School Districts: 2009-2010
    A Report Prepared for The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, March 2010.
    Description:

    Nearly half of Washington school districts issued layoff notices to teachers and other school staff during the 2008-09 school year. This report examines the impact of Reduction in Force (RIF) notices issued in Washington state during this time. Among teachers who received a RIF notice, 87 % were rehired in the K-12 education system in Washington in the subsequent year. The study examines the characteristics of individuals who received RIF notifications, the types of schools and districts that issued notices, and the impact of RIF on the retention and mobility of the educator workforce.

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  3. Taking Stock of Washington's Workforce: An Assessment of Conditions Prior to the Economic Downturn
    A Report Prepared for The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, November 2009.
    Description:

    This report provides baseline descriptive statistics and recent trend data on Washington's teacher workforce prior to the recent economic downturn. The trend data includes information regarding teacher age, experience, race/ethnicity, and retention and mobility, as well as school and district characteristics. In addition, district retention and mobility data is included for each school district and Educational Service District in Washington state. From this baseline, we can examine the extent and nature of the impact of current and future fiscal stress on the state's teacher cadre.

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  4. Building Systems of Support for Classroom Teachers Working with Second Language Learners
    A Report Prepared for The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession by Ana M. Elfers, Tom Stritikus, Kristin Percy Calaff, Kerry Soo Von Esch, Audrey Lucero, Michael S. Knapp, & Margaret L. Plecki, July 2009.
  5. Undergraduates' Views of K-12 Teaching as a Career Choice
    A Report Prepared for The Professional Educator Standards Board by Ana M. Elfers, Margaret L. Plecki, Elise St. John, Rebecca Wedel.
  6. High School Teachers in the Workforce: Examining Teacher Retention, Mobility, School Characteristics and School Reform Efforts
    A Report prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Ana M. Elfers, Margaret L. Plecki and Michelle McGowan, July 2007.
  7. Teaching Math in Washington's High Schools: Insights from a Survey of Teachers in High Performing or Improving Schools
    A Research Report by Ana M. Elfers, Margaret L. Plecki, Michael S. Knapp, Gahram J. Yeo, and Michelle McGowan, June 2007.
  8. Using Sociocultural Theory to Link Individual and Organizational Learning Processes: The Case of Highline School District's Instructional Improvement Reform
    An Occasional Report in collaboration with The Spencer Foundation by Chrysan Gallucci, January 2007.
  9. Who's Teaching Washington's Children? A 2006 Update
    A Report prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Margaret L. Plecki, Ana M. Elfers, and Michael S. Knapp, January 2007.
  10. Examining Teacher Retention and Mobility in Small and Rural Districts in Washington State
    A Research Report by Ana M. Elfers and Margaret L. Plecki, November 2006.
  11. National Board Certified Teachers in Washington State: Impact on Professional Practice and Leadership Opportunities
    A Report prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Hilary Loeb, Ana M. Elfers, Margaret L. Plecki, Brynnen Ford, and Michael S. Knapp, October 2006.
  12. An Examination of Longitudinal Attrition, Retention, and Mobility Rates of Beginning Teachers in Washington State
    A Report prepared for the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies by Margaret L. Plecki, Ana M. Elfers, and Michael S. Knapp, June 2006.
  13. Teachers Count: Support for Teachers' Work in the Context of State Reform
    A Report prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Michael S. Knapp, Ana M. Elfers, Margaret L. Plecki, Hilary Loeb, and Amrita Zahir, August 2005.
  14. Preparation and Support for Teaching: Teachers' Response to State Education Reform
    A Working Paper prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Ana M. Elfers, Michael S. Knapp, Amrita Zahir, and Margaret L. Plecki, March 2005.
  15. Teacher Retention and Mobility: A Look Inside and Across Districts and Schools in Washington State
    A Report prepared for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Margaret L. Plecki, Ana M. Elfers, Hilary Loeb, Amrita Zahir, and Michael S. Knapp, March 2005.
  16. Preparing for Reform, Supporting Teachers' Work: Surveys of Washington State Teachers, 2003-04 School Year
    A Summary Report commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Michael S. Knapp, Ana M. Elfers, and Margaret L. Plecki, with Hilary Loeb, Beth Boatright, and Nick Cabot, August 2004.
  17. Preparation and Support for Teaching: Support for Teachers' Professional Learning
    A Working Paper commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Ana M. Elfers, Beth Boatright, and Michael S. Knapp, with Margaret L. Plecki and Hilary Loeb, June 2004.
  18. Preparation and Support for Teaching: Working Conditions of Teachers
    A Working Paper commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Hilary Loeb, Ana M. Elfers, Michael S. Knapp, and Margaret L. Plecki, with Beth Boatright, May 2004.
  19. Development and Deployment of a "Fast Response" Survey System in Washington State: Methodological Notes
    A Working Paper commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Ana M. Elfers, Michael S. Knapp, and Margaret L. Plecki, with Beth Boatright and Hilary Loeb, April 2004.
  20. Preparation and Support for Teaching: Teachers' Assignment and Certification
    A Working Paper commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Ana M. Elfers, Michael S. Knapp, and Margaret L. Plecki, with Beth Boatright, and Hilary Loeb, April 2004.
  21. Who's Teaching Washington's Children? What We Know-and Need to Know-About Teachers and the Quality of Teaching in the State
    A Technical Report commissioned by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) by Margaret Plecki, Ana Elfers, and Michael S. Knapp, August 2003.
  22. Understanding Reading Test Failure: Challenges for State and District Policy
    Policy Brief 8, July 2003.
  23. Meeting the Needs of Failing Readers: Cautions and Considerations for State Policy
    An Occasional Paper by Marsha Riddle Buly and Sheila Valencia, April 2003.
    Description:

    In this CTP Occasional Paper, the authors' findings are a caution to policymakers and educators who may be tempted to treat the same all students who score "below standard" on statewide reading assessments. By probing beneath student's failing scores on a 4th-grade state reading assessment, the authors found that scores masked distinctive and multifaceted problems having to do with 1) word identification, 2) fluency, and 3) meaning. To have treated the same all students who had failed would have been to miss the different instructional emphases called for by their underlying skills, strategies, and needs. The paper presents reading profiles of failing students and discusses five potential areas as potential policy levers for improving student performance in reading.

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  24. District Policy and Beginning Teachers: Where the Twain Shall Meet
    A Research Report by Pamela Grossman, Sheila Valencia, and Clarissa Thompson, June 2001.
    Description:

    This Research Report looks at the role that policies concerning curriculum, professional development, and mentoring in two reform-active districts played in shaping the experiences and concerns of three first-year language arts teachers.

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