Report: States Should Improve Teacher Licensing And Evaluation Policies

Washington (AP) -- A public interest education group wants states to overhaul what it calls antiquated teacher policies.

The nonpartisan National Council on Teacher Quality says tenure varies widely across the country.

A new public school teacher in North Dakota works for a year on probation before receiving job security. In Missouri, a beginning teacher isn't tenured for five years.

In Tennessee, a new teacher reaches tenure after three years.

In a report set for release Wednesday, the group calls the current system “a mix of broken, counterproductive and anachronistic policies in need of an overhaul."

The report says while annual reviews of job performance may be a fact in many businesses, only about a quarter of states require them. The council says Tennessee, Missouri and Hawaii let teachers go as long as five years without a formal review.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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