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How to Address Teacher Shortages

by: Coral Ericson

One of the biggest challenges schools and districts are facing this year is the massive teacher shortages. Finding and keeping quality educators post-pandemic has proved to be very difficult for a number of reasons. While this is a pressing issue, progress is being made. Incentives for teachers are being offered in districts nationwide, and new teachers are being hired rapidly. We must take a hard look at the key areas of need in order to determine lasting solutions.

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New Online Testing for Texas: House Bill 3261

Over the last couple of years, the Texas Legislature has passed a series of bills with major implications for educators and students throughout the state. Everything from the way tests are administered to the tests themselves— and even how teachers are compensated— is in a state of transition.

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About Texas House Bill 3: Teacher Incentive Allotment

The Texas State Legislature passed House Bill 3 in 2019, resulting in a massive potential increase in the level of compensation that quality teachers can receive. This new Teacher Incentive Allotment promises to more effectively reward high-performing teachers and incentivize them to stay in teaching, and in Texas.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Teacher Incentive Allotment and how it will impact educators and school districts across the state.

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Texas House Bill 3906: What It Is and What It Means for Educators

The Texas state legislature recently voted to pass House Bill 3906, which ‘addresses several components related to assessments and administration.’ Written with input from actual educators and designed to provide more flexibility at the campus level when administering tests, HB 3906 should be a positive step forward for Texas education.

Here’s a guide to all of the main changes that have come from this new bill, including the most important impacts it will have on teachers.

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Announcing New Science Subjects for South Carolina’s New College-and Career-Ready Science Standards

The South Carolina Department of Education recently updated their standards for science instruction and assessment, moving from the existing SCAS standards to the new South Carolina College- and Career-Ready (SCCCR) Science Standards. This updated curriculum has not yet been implemented in the statewide assessments, but educators can prepare now thanks to a new set of science subjects in Progress Learning built around the updated SCCCR standards for Grades 3-12.

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USATestprep Impact Study Results

McREL International conducted a rigorous external study of the USATestprep Progress platform, using 6th Grade Mathematics achievement to determine the effect of the implementation of USATestprep Progress, for just one year, on student achievement.