An analysis of teacher preparation policies across four states : exploring policies that may raise student achievement

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An analysis of teacher preparation policies across four states : exploring policies that may raise student achievement

Description

MS Ed: Adolescent Education

Abstract

Students in the United States have consistently performed poorly on international mathematics assessments, which could be attributed to numerous factors. This analysis concerns the impact that teacher preparation policies throughout the United States might have on students' mathematics performance. Four states-New York, Mississippi, Massachusetts, and Montana-were chosen according to their students' mathematics performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) examination. The areas of teacher policy analyzed were the selection requirements for teacher preparation programs, the level and number of required mathematics courses, the mathematics tests required for certification, and the student teaching experience. The results showed that the level of content and rigor of certification tests were among the most variable factors in teacher preparation and hence may also be among the most important for student achievement. Massachusetts, which required the most advanced mathematics courses and most rigorous testing for teacher candidates, was also the state with the highest performing math students. Massachusetts teacher policies could serve as a model for other states to follow so that United States can remain competitive in mathematics.

Creator

Farina, Michael

Date Accepted

2014

Contributor

DeMoss, Karen
Preskill, Stephen
Gazzard, Ann

Rights

U.S. and international copyright laws may protect this work. It is provided by Wagner College for scholarly or research purposes only. Commercial use or distribution is not permitted without prior permission of the copyright holder.

Is Part Of

Wagner College Electronic Thesis Collection

Format

application/pdf

Extent

47 pages

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

Ed_2014_Farina_Analysis

Citation

Farina, Michael, “An analysis of teacher preparation policies across four states : exploring policies that may raise student achievement,” Wagner College Digital Collections, accessed October 19, 2021, https://wagnercollections.omeka.net/items/show/15573.