Impact of Professional Development

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The following table shoes the percentage of teachers who say the professional development they've received improved their classroom teaching "a lot." Respondents are divided into teachers who received one to eight hours of professional development a year and those who received more than eight hours.

1–8 hours More than 8 hours
On state or district curriculum and performance standards: 7% 20%
On integration of educational technology in the grade or subject taught: 12% 38%
On in-depth study of the subject in their main teaching assignment: 12% 41%
On classroom management, including student discipline: 13% 40%
On addressing the needs of students with disabilities: 8% 42%
On addressing the needs of students with limited English proficiency or from diverse cultural backgrounds: 9% 38%

"Teacher Quality: A Report on the Preparation and Qualifications of Public School Teachers" is available free from the U.S. Department of Education, (877) 433-7828. The results also may be viewed on the World Wide Web at

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education.

Vol. 18, Issue 21, Page 12

Published in Print: February 3, 1999, as Impact of Professional Development
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