The policies that states use to govern the teaching profession are outmoded and neither draw in people who could make good teachers nor keep out those who would not, concludes a multi-volume review of the subject.
The teacher-policy “yearbook,” published by the National Council on Teacher Quality, grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia in six areas, for a total of more than 1,300 grades. No state was found worthy of more than two B’s, and most earned a mix of C’s, D’s, and F’s. Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas were tied as the best performers, while Alaska and Maine tied for the worst in the yearbook’s assessment.
A version of this article appeared in the July 18, 2007 edition of Education Week