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U.S. Department of Education Releases Results of State Plans for Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom

August 18, 2006

The U.S. Department of Education today released initial peer review feedback and related information on revised comprehensive state plans for ensuring that all public elementary and secondary school students are taught by highly qualified teachers. Based on the analysis of a 31-member team of experts, the Department determined that the vast majority of states made serious efforts to develop plans for having experienced, well-trained educators in classrooms, particularly in low-performing, disadvantaged schools. A handful of state plans did not address any required elements, and those states will undergo strict monitoring to come into compliance.

"Every child deserves a highly qualified teacher, regardless of his or her family's income or neighborhood. Good teachers are the key to bringing every child up to grade level in reading and math by 2014. I asked states to show us how they plan to give students in their schools qualified instructors and I was encouraged by their feedback. Many states took this very seriously, recognizing that good teachers make all the difference in whether or not our children succeed in their studies," said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

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