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Production of Teachers Who Remain in the Classroom Varies by Preparation Program, Report No. 09-28, June 2009
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  • The state provides a number of pathways that individuals may use to receive training needed to attain teaching credentials. Universities and colleges provide initial teacher preparation programs to individuals pursuing degrees. For individuals who already have baccalaureate degrees, Educator Preparation Institutes and school district alternative certification programs provide professional training on the competencies needed for professional certification. The effectiveness of these programs in producing completers, placing them in classrooms, and retaining them in the classroom vary substantially partly because each program serves different types of students. School district programs have the highest percentage (79%) of their participants who remain in the classroom after completion. In contrast, 45% of state university program participants and 32% of college program participants were placed as teachers and remained in the classroom. Because Educator Preparation Institutes did not begin until 2005-06, it is too early to assess their productivity in producing teachers that remain in the classroom.

  • Programs have implemented strategies to improve these outcomes. To improve program completion, the programs offer class scheduling accommodations, financial aid, and test preparation assistance. To improve placement rates the programs provide career advising, sponsor job fairs, and partner with school districts. To improve retention rates, programs provide mentoring, and sponsor workshops on classroom management.

  • Programs currently do not report sufficient information for the state to measure their effectiveness. By requiring programs to track student completion rates and cost information, the state could better understand how effective the different programs are at producing classroom teachers.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-11 Some Progress Achieved in Addressing Factors Contributing to Teacher Attrition,published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 07-19 Dissatisfaction with School Governance, Student Behavior, Parent Support, and Career Opportunities Lead to Teacher Attrition,published in February 2007.

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