Nevada & New Teachers

Teaching may be attracting a more academically successful group of people compared to previous years, according to a new study released Wednesday.Two researchers at the University of Washington examined four national data sets to determine how the characteristics of first-year teachers changed between 1993 and 2010. The study found that more new teachers have advanced degrees than ever before. During the 2007-08 school year, 26 percent of new teachers entered the classroom with a master’s degree, compared to 17 percent two decades earlier.

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Across the country, more and more states are moving towards higher benchmarks for the students that are entering each state’s respective teaching programs as well as the teachers that these programs produce. As Nevada moves forward in its reform of the education system, one of the greatest assets that we can accrue are high quality teachers from top educational programs. Luckily, as the above article points out, more and more teachers are from the highest achieving percentiles of their classes. If Nevada wants to succeed in its endeavors to improve the quality of K-12 education, it needs to ensure that it catches up to the national trend of recruiting higher quality teachers to our classrooms.