Report: RI’s Strides on Teacher Quality among Best

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A national education research group says Rhode Island is among the states that have made the most strides on teacher quality policies over the last two years.

A report by the National Council on Teacher Quality released Wednesday ranked Rhode Island fifth in overall progress on policies ranging from teacher tenure and teacher compensation to pensions and performance evaluations.

The council gave Rhode Island an overall grade of B- compared with a D in 2009. Only one state – Florida – was given a better grade, of B. Only two other states – Oklahoma and Tennessee – got the same grade as Rhode Island.

Grades were also given in several policy sub-categories. They include preparing, identifying and keeping effective teachers as well as getting rid of ineffective ones.

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