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New Study Examines Impact of Interstate Teacher-Mobility Policies on Teacher Supply and Demand

Groundbreaking study to analyze mobility standards and policies nationwide

MASHPEE, MA—The ease with which certified teachers can move across state lines and obtain certification in a new state is critical in a society of continually increasing mobility. Policymakers are becoming more concerned that conflicting state policies on teacher certification and licensure inadvertently may be a barrier for educators wanting to cross state borders. It also could be a contributing factor to the growing number of teachers leaving the profession. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), with the support of federal funding from a Maryland Department of Education Troops to Teachers initiative, seeks to determine the magnitude of the problem and the role interstate teacher-mobility policies play in teacher supply and demand.

"Educators often move across state lines only to face a host of additional certification and licensure requirements in the new state; and hardships meeting those requirements have long been a concern for NASDTEC," said Rick Eiserman, NASDTEC President. "No one really knows for sure how many educators move or how much of a mobility barrier our state polices create, but this grant will enable us to combine NASDTEC member expertise with an excellent research organization to produce a straightforward study of the real issues."

To conduct the study, NASDTEC has selected Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience with evaluation, policy, professional development, and research activities. Learning Point Associates also has a strong interest in state education policy and operates the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality.

Learning Point Associates will collect and analyze information and data nationwide on a number of interstate teacher-mobility issues and submit a report of the findings to NASDTEC to support the Maryland initiative and help facilitate enhanced teacher mobility nationwide.

"Identifying ways to facilitate the mobility of educators across state lines is critical in ensuring that students, especially those in hard-to-staff schools, are taught by a competent and highly qualified teacher," said Sabrina Laine, Chief Officer at Learning Point Associates. "Learning Point Associates is excited to have the opportunity to engage in this work."

Learning Point Associates will focus the study on the following areas:

  • Current state policies and procedures for receiving out-of-state certified educators
  • Mobility data collected from selected states
  • Focus-group data from targeted groups
  • A case study of Troops to Teachers mobility data and experiences

Findings from these areas and more will appear in the final report, which will be published in June 2007 and released at NASDTEC's 79th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

NASDTEC is the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. Its members represent state departments of education, professional standards boards and commissions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. Associate members include institutions of higher education, other Canadian provinces, and representatives of constituent groups with an interest in the preparation, continuing development, and certification of educational personnel.

About Learning Point Associates
Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit educational organization with more than 20 years of direct experience working with and for educators and policymakers to transform student learning. Committed to high-quality evaluation, policy, professional development, and research services, Learning Point Associates builds on more than two decades of research and development conducted by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory® (NCREL®).

Our goal is to build the capacity of our clients to be good consumers, practitioners, and advocates for educational excellence. Our professional staff of 150 continues to grow our work expands both nationally and internationally with offices in Naperville, Illinois; Chicago; and Washington, D.C.

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