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State Consortium to Update Standards for New Teachers

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The Council of Chief State School Officers announced last week that its Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium will convene a committee to revise its core standards for what teachers should know and be able to do.

The rewritten guidelines are expected to reflect new information about how students learn, media and technology literacy, the greater diversity in the student population, the growth of testing, and "21st-century skills," the Washington-based organization said.

The Model Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing, Assessment, and Development were developed in 1992, and adopted by 38 states. The standards cut across content areas and focus on pedagogical strategies and curriculum sequencing.

The committee should complete its work by next spring to have a document ready for public comment. The CCSSO has set up a Web site where the public can offer suggestions for the new standards and view the committee’s progress.

Vol. 28, Issue 27, Page 4

Published in Print: April 1, 2009, as State Consortium to Update Standards for New Teachers
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