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The "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" examines what is arguably the single most powerful authority over the teaching profession: state government. This Oklahoma edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" is the first of what will be an annual look at the status of state policies impacting the teaching profession. It is hoped that this report will help focus attention on areas where state policymakers could make improvements to benefit both students and teachers. This policy evaluation is broken down into six areas that include a total of 27 goals. Broadly, these goals examine the impact of state policy on the preparation, certification, licensure, compensation and effectiveness of teachers across the elementary, secondary and special education spectra. Oklahoma's progress toward meeting these goals is summarized. Overall, Oklahoma has done a good job in meeting some of NCTQ's goals, but there is significant room for improvement in several areas. Oklahoma completely missed six goals, met a small portion of eight, partially met four, nearly met four and fully met five. Oklahoma stands out for its strong requirements in scientifically based reading instruction. Oklahoma requires that all teacher candidates in elementary, early childhood and special education receive instruction in the essential components of reading. The state also has especially rigorous testing requirements for elementary teacher licensure. The state should work to ensure that special education teacher candidates receive the training they need to become highly qualified. The state should also consider basing the approval of its teacher preparation programs on the quality of the teachers they produce. The body of the report provides a more detailed breakdown of the state's strengths and weaknesses in each area. Detailed rationale and "Food for Thought" for each area and corresponding goal are appended. (Contains 72 figures.) [Additional funding for this first edition of the "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" was provided by the Achelis Foundation, Bodman Foundation, Daniel's Fund, Fisher Family Foundation, Gleason Foundation, and The Teaching Commission. This state report is part of NCTQ's State Teacher Policy Yearbook series. For the national summary, see ED506661.]

Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness, Yearbooks, State Standards, State Government, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Government Role, Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Compensation (Remuneration), Annual Reports, Elementary Secondary Education, Objectives, Program Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Schools of Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Program Effectiveness, Accountability, Program Improvement, Teacher Recruitment, Federal Legislation, Guidelines

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