Alabama

States have a critical role to play in setting guardrails and guidelines for how aspiring teachers are prepared and licensed and how school districts recruit, reward, and retain teachers. Select a previous year to see former state policies.

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Teacher Preparation

State policy plays a key role in establishing requirements and data systems necessary to recruit a strong teacher workforce that meets the needs of its students.

Elementary Teacher Preparation

State policy provides standards and requirements for the preparation and licensing of new elementary teachers.

Secondary Teacher Preparation

State policy provides standards and requirements for the preparation and licensing of new middle and high school teachers.

Special Education Teacher Preparation

Special education teachers are a critical part of elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Alternate Routes

States must balance between upholding standards for educators that come into the profession via alternate routes with providing flexibility by differentiating the requirements they place on these programs from traditional pathways.

Hiring

States have an obligation to maintain the integrity of their licensure systems and ensure teacher quality for all students.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

State system requirements or district guidance for the evaluation of teachers and principals are among the most powerful tools for fostering a high-quality teacher workforce and ensuring that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

Teacher Compensation

Decisions about teacher pay are often left to district discretion, but every state can support districts in using teacher compensation strategically.

Retaining Effective Teachers

States have a role to play in ensuring that current teachers are supported and that the process of licensure and career advancement for teachers prioritizes effectiveness in the classroom.

Early Childhood Preparation

Early childhood or preschool teachers need essential knowledge and skills to support their students.

General Teacher Preparation

State policy plays a key role in establishing requirements and data systems necessary to recruit a strong teacher workforce that meets the needs of its students.

Elementary Teacher Preparation

State policy provides standards and requirements for the preparation and licensing of new elementary teachers.

Secondary Teacher Preparation

State policy provides standards and requirements for the preparation and licensing of new middle and high school teachers.

Special Education Teacher Preparation

Special education teachers are a critical part of elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Alternate Routes

States must balance between upholding standards for educators that come into the profession via alternate routes with providing flexibility by differentiating the requirements they place on these programs from traditional pathways.

Hiring

States have an obligation to maintain the integrity of their licensure systems and ensure teacher quality for all students.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

State system requirements or district guidance for the evaluation of teachers and principals are among the most powerful tools for fostering a high-quality teacher workforce and ensuring that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

Teacher Compensation

Decisions about teacher pay are often left to district discretion, but every state can support districts in using teacher compensation strategically.

Retaining Effective Teachers

States have a role to play in ensuring that current teachers are supported and that the process of licensure and career advancement for teachers prioritizes effectiveness in the classroom.

Early Childhood Preparation

Early childhood or preschool teachers need essential knowledge and skills to support their students.

Expanding the Pool of Teachers

States have an obligation to maintain the integrity of their licensure systems and ensure teacher quality for all students.

Identifying Effective Teachers

State system requirements or district guidance for the evaluation of teachers are among the most powerful tools for fostering a high-quality teacher workforce and ensuring that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

Retaining Effective Teachers

States have a role to play in ensuring that current teachers are supported and to support districts in using teacher compensation strategically.

Exiting Ineffective Teachers

States have a responsibility to strike the appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students when it comes to difficult decisions regarding removing teachers from the classroom.

Pensions

Pensions remain a vexing public policy issue with direct implications for attracting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce.

Expanding the Pool of Teachers

States have an obligation to maintain the integrity of their licensure systems and ensure teacher quality for all students.

Identifying Effective Teachers

State system requirements or district guidance for the evaluation of teachers are among the most powerful tools for fostering a high-quality teacher workforce and ensuring that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

Retaining Effective Teachers

States have a role to play in ensuring that current teachers are supported and to support districts in using teacher compensation strategically.

Exiting Ineffective Teachers

States have a responsibility to strike the appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students when it comes to difficult decisions regarding removing teachers from the classroom.

Pensions

Pensions remain a vexing public policy issue with direct implications for attracting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce.

Expanding the Pool of Teachers

States have an obligation to maintain the integrity of their licensure systems and ensure teacher quality for all students.

Identifying Effective Teachers

State system requirements or district guidance for the evaluation of teachers are among the most powerful tools for fostering a high-quality teacher workforce and ensuring that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

Retaining Effective Teachers

States have a role to play in ensuring that current teachers are supported and to support districts in using teacher compensation strategically.

Exiting Ineffective Teachers

States have a responsibility to strike the appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students when it comes to difficult decisions regarding removing teachers from the classroom.

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