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Quality Counts 2001: A Better BalanceIndicators

Improving Teacher Quality

Overview | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 |
How We Graded | Sources & Notes

NOTE: States are ranked by number grade to the nearest decimal; ties are ranked alphabetically.
1State requires test, but not for beginning license. 2State holds teacher-training programs accountable. 3State requires a non-education major, but certification need not be in that subject area. 4State requires a non-education minor, but certification need not be in that subject area. 5State requires subject concentration on elementary certificate if used in middle school. aEducation Week converted semester-hour requirements into weeks. bColorado requires 800 hours of student teaching and other kinds of clinical experiences. Education Week converted 400 of these hours to estimate the minimum number of weeks required for student teaching.

STATE  
  Grade State requires written tests for beginning-teacher license (2000)
Basic skills Subject knowledge Subject-specific pedagogy
North Carolina B+ 88
Connecticut B 86
Oklahoma B 83
South Carolina B- 82
Kentucky C+ 79
Colorado C 76    
Indiana C 76
New York C 76 1 1
West Virginia C 76
Louisiana C 75
Missouri C 75
Virginia C 75  
Massachusetts C 74
Georgia C 73
Illinois C 73
Maryland C 73
Mississippi C 73
Tennessee C 73
California C- 72
Ohio C- 72  
Minnesota C- 71    
Nevada C- 71
New Jersey C- 71  
Arkansas C- 70
Michigan C- 70  
Nebraska C- 70    
Pennsylvania C- 70
Vermont C- 70    
Delaware D+ 69    
Rhode Island D+ 69      
Wisconsin D+ 68    
Florida D+ 67 1 1 1
Iowa D+ 67      
Oregon D+ 67
Alabama D 66    
Texas D 66  
Arizona D 65  
New Hampshire D 65  
Hawaii D 64
Montana D 64    
Maine D 63    
New Mexico D 63    
Kansas D- 62    
Alaska D- 61    
Utah D- 61      
Washington D- 60      
Idaho F 59      
North Dakota F 59      
South Dakota F 57      
Wyoming F 57      
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