Blueprint for Change in Georgia 2010 State Teacher Policy Yearbook
This Blueprint for Change Yearbook gives a review of state laws, rules and regulations that govern the teaching profession. This yearbook discusses teacher policies and goals for improving education for the following year. This yearbook started in 2010 to help prioritize educational goals. It is impressive that The Blueprint for Change Yearbook is created specific to each state. It makes sense that different states need to address various issues, and the priorities may not be the same. I’d be interested in comparing two different state Blueprints for Change to see the differences. Georgia’s overall grade is a C-. There are 5 different areas in which Georgia was graded. Area 1 is delivering a well prepared teacher, area 2 is expanding the teaching pool, area 3 is identifying effective teachers, area 4 is retaining effective teachers and area 5 is exiting ineffective teachers. These were the areas in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook.
The Blueprint for Change Yearbook goes into detail about the most critical attention areas. Section 1 discusses the most critical attention areas. The first area is better connecting to teacher effectiveness. The second critical need area discussed is connecting tenure decisions to teacher effectiveness. The third critical need discusses preventing ineffective teachers from remaining in the classroom indefinitely. Section 4 discusses ensuring that elementary teachers know the science of reading. Section 5 discusses teachers knowing math content. Section 6 discusses the validity of elementary tests. Section 7 discusses students having content knowledge. This yearbook then goes into detail naming changes to ensure that these critical need areas are addresses.
This is a terrific resource for teachers, policy makers, educators and community members wanting to know about future changes to education as well as educational goals. This would also be important for high school students wanting to pursue a career in education.
Grades: 11 and up. Subject(s): Education. Overall rating: 8 Blueprint for Change in Georgia 2010 State Teacher Policy Yearbook. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2016, from http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/2010_State_Teacher_Policy_Yearbook_Georgia_NCTQ_Report