Recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of America’s students. Research confirms that the most important in-school factor in a student’s success is a strong teacher, and excellent teachers are especially important for our neediest students. States are already taking a variety of steps to ensure that all schools have the excellent teachers all students deserve.
This graphic highlights ways in which State policies are strengthening teacher preparation to ensure that teachers enter the classroom with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The PROGRESS blog has previously reported about New York’s new ‘Clinically Rich’ model which requires clinical practice with effective cooperating teachers, and Tennessee’s annual accountability reporting. States are also focusing on outcomes of teacher preparation programs, such as placing and retaining teachers in high-need schools and fields and measuring teacher impact on student learning.
As part of its Excellent Educators for All initiative—designed to ensure that all students have equal access to a high-quality education— all States created and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators earlier this year. These plans include strategies to close gaps in equitable access to excellent educators, including improving teacher preparation as a key lever to improve students’ access to teachers who are well-prepared to meet their needs. ED recently announced the approval of 16 states’ plans to ensure equitable access to excellent educators: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.