Calls for improving the teacher applicant pool; preparing, recruiting and retaining the best; incentivizing hard-to-fill assignments; utilizing data to improve support systems and evaluations; and bolstering accountability. Includes lessons from abroad.
- Successful Strategy: Efforts to finalize budgets sooner and making better predictions about the number of incoming students in a school are shown to help principals both complete hiring and fill hard-to-fill positions more efficiently.
- Successful Strategy: The lack of well-prepared, high-performing teachers, especially in high-poverty areas, is believed to be the root cause of the lagging national performance and achievement gaps of U.S. students as compared to students in other countries.
- Observation: "Teacher residencies", offering intensive in-classroom training, and alternative teacher certifications, which allow teachers to begin teaching while still earning their teaching certification, are current strategies that have been implemented by some states to improve teacher training and development.
- Observation: Creating a more uniform evaluation system for teachers that accurately indentifies teachers' strengths and weaknesses and differentiates between more and less effective teachers has been suggested as a key way to improve the quality of educators in the U.S.