The internet article I chose to write about was teacher recruitment and retention. This is a problem that is a national wide issue occurring throughout the United States. It’s occurring because of an aging workforce and increasing student enrollments. Teachers are struggling in passing the state certification exam, and it’s causing teacher shortage. I strongly agree that a highly qualified teacher is an important aspect of a child’s academic achievement. Unfortunately schools across the nation are struggling in finding candidates that are highly qualified teachers.
Indiana University experts believe that recruitment and retention of experienced teachers should be as an important as hiring new teachers. Indiana along with other part of the U.S. are facing difficulties in hiring highly qualified teachers, in large urban school districts and in small rural school districts. The Indiana Department of Education submitted a plan to the U.S Department of Education. They proposed the plan to encourage hard to staff school to use funding from Title II funds effectively. Indiana Department of Education suggested that high school should encourage minority students to pursue teaching professions.
I agree that it’s a great idea that teachers are highly qualified, and they should all be qualified. The current district I’m employed at there are some teachers that are very effective, but can’t pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. We have a total of six teachers that are emergency certified. A few of these teachers have bachelors degrees in Elementary Education, and have passed the professional knowledge section of the two assessments. I feel that the Department of Education should consider that these types of teachers are almost there, but can’t pass that last hurdle.