Washington does not have the research base it needs to examine three key aspects of teaching quality: the interaction between teachers and the students in their classrooms, the skills and knowledge teachers bring to the classroom and how teachers' work is supported.
If we are to strengthen the teaching profession, we need to be able to describe with clarity and accuracy the quality of teaching, the quality of the teaching work force and the quality of support for teachers' work.
CSTP commissions research to fill the gap between data we have and data we need to address Washington's most pressing questions about teaching.
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Coaching refers to the release of exemplary teachers on a full or part-time basis to work in partnership with experienced colleagues to accelerate professional learning. The spotlight is on content development and the instructional strategies used to enhance student learning and achievement. Read more »
A Report Prepared for The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Improving student performance in mathematics is the focus of considerable attention in Washington state. Most agree that improving mathematics teaching and support for mathematics instruction is key, but there is a lack of consensus on how best to accomplish these goals. This study, commissioned by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, provides Washington educators and policymakers with information regarding the nature and context of mathematics teaching in Washington high schools. Read more »
"A coalition of national and Washington State organizations convened NBCTs to explore issues related to Washington's student achievement gaps - specifically supporting and staffing high-needs sch Read more »
The research is abundantly clear: Resources devoted to comprehensive, high-quality new teacher induction pay off in increased teacher retention and improved student learning. Read more »