Improving teacher quality increases the chances of students succeeding in college and career. The Council’s teacher quality efforts aim to provide better-prepared teachers for today’s classroom needs and tomorrow’s workforce.
Why Kentucky needs improvement
Effective teacher preparation programs are essential to building a network of educators capable of meeting the needs of a diverse student population. Yet, many teachers do not have the training or resources available to improve skills, especially those who have just started in the profession.
In two iterations of the TELL Survey, given to Kentucky teachers and leadership to gauge the working condition of their schools, a majority of new teachers reported needing help in the following areas:
- Addressing various learning styles or disabilities.
- Assessing student improvement.
- Using data to improve student performance.
- Closing achievement gaps of minority and low-income students.
How the Council helps improve teacher quality
To address the TELL survey results, the Council works with colleges in aligning education curriculum and instructional practices to meet teacher needs. Further, the Council advocates for higher college admissions criteria for teacher education candidates, ensuring that future teachers have the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in an ever-evolving classroom environment.
The Council also awards grants, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, to improve teacher quality. The annual Improving Educator Quality program funds professional development partnerships between public schools, colleges and other educational organizations. The program provides schools and districts, along with their partner organizations, an opportunity to pursue innovative methods to improving teacher effectiveness.
How teacher quality benefits Kentuckians
The Council’s work in teacher quality is part of a bigger initiative, Kentucky Rising. This statewide initiative focuses on improving P-12 outcomes to ensure Kentucky’s future workforce is competitive in a global economy. Teacher quality is pivotal in preparing high school graduates for their next step: college or career.
How teacher quality helps us toward 2025 goals
Teacher quality directly affects the ability of students to succeed as a college student, college graduate or employee. No matter which step a student takes, it is imperative they learn skillsets, as well as the critical and analytical thinking skills, needed to succeed in either environment.
Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.