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From the ECS State Policy Database: Teaching Quality--Certification and Licensure--Highly Qualified Teachers - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Special Education Teacher Certification and Licensure - 50 State Database - This database, compiled in 2007 by the Education Commission of the States as a partner in the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, contains information on state level policies regarding the certification and licensure of special education teachers. (ECS 2007)...

State Equity Plans that Address Working Conditions as a Means to Increase Teacher Retention and Equitable Teacher Distribution PDF - NCLB requires that all teachers of core academic subjects be highly qualified. States are working diligently to achieve this goal, but are facing many obstacles. One of the largest challenges that states face is the issue of equitable distribution of experienced teachers. This ECS StateNote reports on transfer and attrition rates of teachers and the percentage of state equity plans that target teacher working conditions as a means to increase teacher retention and equitable distribution of teachers. (Angela Baber, Education Commission of the States, January 2007)...

Paraprofessional Database - This online database contains research from each of the 50 states regarding paraprofessional certification and qualification requirements, especially relating to the federal requirements for Title I professional development for paraprofessionals and assessment tests and passing scores for those tests, which are accepted and designated by states. See the ECS document Paraprofessional Database Research Navigator for research highlights....

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