The National Center for Education Statistics has released a back-to-school bonanza for education data junkies, in the form of new state-level information on education reforms.
The new tables cover standards and assessments, teacher and administrator criteria and professional development, and high school graduation criteria and alternative certifications.
Among the tidbits:
• As of 2011, 42 states offer a K-12 technical program leading to an industry-recognized certificate or credential as part of their high school diploma.
• Twenty-two states now test teachers on their teaching performance as part of their initial teaching certification, up by just one from 2010.
• Thirty-two states require new principals to complete a supervised internship before being licensed, while 19 require them to participate in a mentoring or induction program.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.