From the Joplin Globe:
A nationwide organization says Missouri gets “dismal” marks for its statewide teacher policies.
Kansas gets the same ranking from the study, and Oklahoma is marginally better, earning a ranking of “weak but progressing.”
The grades come from the National Council on Teacher Quality, a group that conducted a three-year research project on each state’s policies for educating and certifying teachers.
Missouri and Kansas take hits in the study for having standards for elementary teachers that do not clearly refer to the knowledge and skills the teachers need before entering the classroom. That increases the likelihood that teachers will enter classrooms with significant gaps in their knowledge of essential core subjects, the report said.
Sandi Jacobs, vice president for policy with the national group, said that criterion was developed using the No Child Left Behind Act as a rough guideline. The act calls for teachers to be labeled as highly qualified to teach subjects they are asked to teach.
Source: Group gives Missouri, Kansas bad grades in teacher policies, Joplin Globe, June 27