Removing Barriers to Better Teaching

January 11, 2001

TEACHING QUALITY is the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement. Yet we, as a nation, are far from having a caring & competent teacher in every classroom.

On Monday, the Department put on the web a booklet designed to help states & communities find ways to overcome obstacles to better teaching.

“Eliminating Barriers to Improving Teaching” devotes a chapter to each of 6 challenges: teacher recruitment, preparation, licensing & certification standards, professional development, & retention, as well as the development of school leaders. Each chapter defines barriers to that challenge, suggests ways around each barrier, & mentions an existing effort to address that barrier.

The full text of the booklet “Recruitment of Quality Teachers.” is at