Education degrees are not immediate indicators of good, high-quality teachers. That’s why this new site from the United States Department of Education supplies data and information concerning the quality of teacher preparation from among all 50 states and outlying territories, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, “The reports contain a host of useful information about teacher quality and teacher education programs in the states-information essential for improving accountability and strengthening our teaching force.” Every state report available on the site includes information on efforts to improve teacher quality nationwide. Some of the more important features include data for each college and university with an education program; numbers of teachers employed without licenses or on waivers in state schools; statewide certification and licensure requirements; and steps taken by each state to improve the quality of teaching in schools. The department hopes these new online databases will help to encourage and enforce teacher quality at a time when top-notch educators are retiring at a rate faster than they can be replaced. “We need qualified teachers using best practices if we are to ensure that no child is left behind,” Paige said.

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