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News From The Highly Qualified Teacher Front
IOWA: As reported in today's Des Moines Register, state officials are saying "Iowa will have little trouble meeting new federal rules that require all teachers to be 'highly qualified' within three years."

The paper goes on to note: "Research during the past 10 years has shown that students did better academically when taught by teachers who were highly knowledgeable in the subjects they taught. Students of ill-prepared or ineffective teachers did poorly in school, the studies showed. Once teachers in Iowa obtain their standard license, they must regularly take additional courses to stay current in teaching practices and the subject they teach. 'You must demonstrate that you come in competent and remain competent throughout your career,' said Judy Jeffrey, who oversees the Iowa Department of Education's early childhood, elementary and secondary education department."

The complete text of the article is available from the Des Moines Register online archives for a fee.

IDAHO: The Idaho Statesman reports that "As Idaho begins to require more strict credentials for its teachers, educators are encouraging those who have not yet received their teaching endorsements to consider little-used alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. Idaho's plan to comply with requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act is to get all of its teachers certified in the subjects that they teach by the end of the 2005-06 school year."

The paper also observes that Idaho has expanded the number of teachers who must meet the standards, stating: "[No Child Left Behind], a cornerstone of President Bush's education reform efforts, calls for teachers in 'core' subjects- including English, math, history and art - to be 'highly qualified' by being certified in those subjects. The State Board of Education recently extended the rule to apply to teachers of non-core subjects, which resulted in roughly 600 more teachers needing to get the proper certification to teach. Patricia Toney, teacher policy coordinator for the State Board of Education, said the state board is devising plans to help teachers receive proper endorsement to teach, but she noted that receiving certification through alternative routes could be an option for some."

The complete text of the article is available from the Idaho Statesman online archives for a fee.

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