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City raises the bar on certifying teachers

State Board of Regents plans to require new teachers to show classroom expertise and prove they can improve test scores before they are certified.
"It's a sea change to focus on the practice rather than a quasi-academic paper and pencil test," said state Education Commissioner David Steiner.
Some education experts said that while state officials had identified the right problem - getting highly qualified teachers into high-needs schools - they are hesitant about the proposal.
"When you want to attribute learning to a specific teacher, it's extremely complicated," said William Baldwin, vice provost at Columbia University's Teachers College.

The article "City raises the bar on certifying teachers" was published on November 17th, 2009 in the New York Daily News.

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