INDIANAPOLIS - July 29, 2009 Dept of Education Press Release
"All new teachers will be content experts in the subjects they teach
if new licensing rules announced today by Indiana Superintendent of
Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett are adopted.
“Research shows teachers are the primary factor influencing student achievement,” Bennett said. “Our goal is to ensure educators are highly knowledgeable in the content areas they’re teaching.
“These licensing recommendations will put the focus on teachers’ content knowledge and instructional skill while giving teachers and administrators greater flexibility and freedom to improve instructional quality.”
To guarantee the highest teacher quality, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is proposing the following changes:
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Having traveled the globe and seen first-hand that the schools with the highest levels of academic achievement ALWAYS have teachers with Masters degree in their subject area, I view Dr. Bennett's step as a major move toward 21st century education in Indiana.