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Jerry P. Becker

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States' Education Improvement: "C"
Posted: Jan 13, 2000 3:45 PM
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From the Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, IL, January 13, 2000, p. 5A

States' Education Improvement get "C"

The states deserve an underachiever's "C" for failing to deliver on
promises to put better teachers in America's classrooms, according to
authors of a 50-state survey of efforts to improve public schools.

Quality Counts 2000, Education Week's fourth annual state-by-state look at
public schooling in kindergarten through 12th grade, found states often
undermine their own aims.

For instance, the survey released Wednesday said 39 states require basic
literacy and math tests for would-be teachers, yet loopholes in 36 of those
states allow some who fail to be hired.

Noting that about 2 million teachers must be hired in the next decade, the
report said states are not doing enough to get the best educators for the
nation's schools.

"While they set standards for who can enter the profession in the front
end, most keep the door cracked open on the back end," admitting teachers
who don't meet minimum standards, the report said. And teachers with proper
credentials often get no training, support or encouragement, it added.

States were not given a single, overall grade, nor were they ranked or
graded nationwide. But Virginia Edwards, editor and publisher of Education
Week, said they collectively deserve a "C."

"It's only a mediocre system," she said. "Efforts need to be made to bring
that grade up."

While many states have adopted programs to upgrade education, they've been
slow to use them, the survey found.


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)


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