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U.S. Department of Education Works to Equalize Quality Teacher Distribution
posted by: Ruthie | February 20, 2014, 05:30 PM   

Research asserts that an effective teacher is the key to closing the achievement gap. With a scarcity of quality teachers and a growing number of low-income and minority students in America, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating strategies to insure these two problems do not compound in years ahead.

A long ignored aspect of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the unequal distribution of quality teachers, is now receiving federal attention by the Department of Education’s office for civil rights (OCR), as well as new mandates for NCLB waivers. Under the new system of NCLB waivers, states and districts are obligated to develop solutions to the growing problem.

Despite the attention, equitable distribution of quality teachers is almost impossible to mitigate with just a simple plan. The very concept of equitable distribution is dynamic and multi-faceted, occurring on grade, school, district, state, and national levels. Additionally, evaluations of teacher effectiveness continue to evolve and improve, making what is being measured as unclear as how to measure it. Each state has their own issues to tackle when insuring students are served well by an excellent teacher.

Yet, this doesn’t mean states won’t try. “We don't want to miss out on any opportunities where we can move states forward," Deborah Delisle, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education,
said. "And we also recognize that every state has different laws. ... It's quite complex when we look across a 50-state strategy."

According to the Department of Education, regulating data collection will be a key to remedying the inequality of teacher distribution in America, as well as increasing mandatory maintenance of and
teacher-quality reports. Others argue that this issue must be tacked on a local level.

Is quality teacher distribution a problem in your district/state? 

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