January 13, 2000
Education Week, Vol. 19, Issue 18
Education A Picture of the Teacher Pipeline: Baccalaureate and Beyond
Many college students who prepare to teach in public schools do not. Of those who do, many leave the profession after only a few years. And both those who enter and remain in teaching typically have lower test scores than their peers.
Education Taking a Different Road to Teaching
In general, alternative routes attract a significantly higher proportion of minority candidates and math and science teachers--highly prized recruits for many districts--than traditional programs do. Studies also have found that teachers coming through alternative routes perform at least as well, if not better, on state licensing exams than traditional graduates. Often, such candidates are older and more mature. They're more willing to teach in urban environments, and they're more likely to stay in the districts where they've been trained.
Education Who Should Teach? The States Decide
Good teaching matters. Savvy parents have long known this, and research is confirming it. With U.S. schools needing to hire about 2 million teachers in the next decade, the push is on to make sure that the people who take those jobs are qualified to teach to the higher academic standards now expected of students.
Education A New Approach to Measuring Equity
Few aspects of education have generated as much attention and dispute as how schools are financed. Since 1971, courts have found school finance systems in 17 states unconstitutional because of disparities in spending between rich and poor districts, the National Center for Education Statistics reports. With several states still in litigation, there is little doubt that policymakers will continue to struggle with the issue well into the future.