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The Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center is engaged in a continuing effort to understand implications of an array of trends and policies affecting the state. This report examines the status of Kentucky's teacher workforce and offers recommendations on ways to enhance it. The five chapters are: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Teacher Quality in Context" (e.g., national and state attention on teacher workforce issues); (3) "Indicators of Teacher Quality" (e.g., teacher experience and education levels and students completing teacher training programs); (4) "Teacher Quality and Future Issues" (e.g., teacher turnover, teacher supply and demand, and teacher salaries); and (5) "Conclusions and Policy Options" (e.g., the comprehensive education data system and creating a supportive system for teacher workforce improvements). There are four appendixes: student achievement in Kentucky; Kentucky's teacher training system; professional development issues; and reviewer's comments. (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Teacher Certification, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Labor Turnover, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Evaluation, Student Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Experience, Teaching Skills

Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, 111 St. James Court, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: 502-573-2851 or 800-853-2851; e-mail: ltprc[at]; Web site:

Autor: Clements, Stephen


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