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The federal No Child Left Behind law requires a "highly qualified" teacher for every academic class in public school. But nearly half a million classes nationwide in 2006-07 were taught by an instructor who wasn't highly qualified, according to a Gannett News Service analysis of federal data.
And the nation's poorest students were twice as likely as the most affluent ones to be taught by teachers who didn't meet the highly qualified standard.
Michigan ranks second on the percentage of core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers (96.4%), according to a Gannett News Service analysis of data from 41 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, 94.2% of core classes are taught by highly qualified teachers. While, the District of Columbia fared the worst with approximately 57% of core classes taught by highly qualified teachers.
Among Michigan school districts a majority (69%) of districts reported that all of their core classes taught were taught by highly qualified teachers.
For the full article, see Kristi Tanner and Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki, "Teacher quality databases", Detroit Free Press, January 15, 2009.
For another, see Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki, "Michigan teacher quality high in core classes, analysis finds", Detroit Free Press, January 15, 2009.
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