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Report: Little progress on teacher quality in AK

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 1:11am

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report says only three states have made less progress at improving the quality of teachers than Alaska since 2009.

The National Council on Teacher Quality gives Alaska an overall grade of “D.”

The report says Alaska does not require a broad enough range of knowledge for new teachers. It says the state has an ineffective process for firing low-performing teachers with tenure and doesn’t use enough data-based evaluation.

Legislators from both parties, union representatives and Alaska educators criticized the report for mischaracterizing education policy in Alaska.

Rep. Scott Kawasaki, a Democrat from Fairbanks, says many regulatory decisions are left to districts. Some teachers also say there are mistakes in the report’s claims about teacher licensure requirements.

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