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Professional Personnel

Although this may be disputed (see "Equal Resources, Equal Outcomes?" - item six below), teaching quality is often seen as "the single most influential determinant, outside of home and family circumstances, of student academic success.... regardless of socioeconomic factors, students who have the most effective teachers make the greatest educational progress."... "The goal of implementing standards-based education places great demands on teachers, who already are struggling to cope with a growing and increasingly diverse population of students, an estimated one-third of whom enter school ill-prepared for learning." (Education Commission of the States, item five)

Professional development for K-12 teachers is therefore an essential element of quality education. This issue area also covers questions of recruitment and retention; licensure, certification, and tenure; and compensation, quality and evaluation. In addition, guidance and counselling personnel, postsecondary faculty, and those who provide leadership are included.

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