From the Chronicle of Higher Education By PAUL BASKEN , June 28, 2007

American schoolteachers, and the colleges that educate them, are getting whacked in yet another study.

The latest, issued on Wednesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based advocacy group, argues that state policy makers are more important than their better-publicized federal counterparts in determining teacher quality. And the states, according to the report, are doing a pretty bad job.

Among its criticisms, the report, “State Teacher Policy Yearbook 2007,” says that in most states, teachers, unlike members of many other professions, are not required to receive annual performance reviews. Also, states are failing to hold schools of education accountable on such measures as the quality of their graduates, it says.

The result, says the teacher-quality council’s president, Kate Walsh, is that American students lag behind on international comparisons in subjects such as mathematics and reading. And despite the national focus on federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act, the states actually “have the greatest impact” on teacher performance, Ms. Walsh said. (read more here)

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