This report describes only a handful of innovative policies and initiatives that states and local districts
are pursuing to tackle the six pipeline challenges. There are many more, and new ideas continue to
State education chiefs across the country know that great teachers inspire, educate, and open doors of opportunity for children of all backgrounds. Achieving the aspiration of a great teacher in every classroom requires state leadership.
This resource addresses legal issues in the use of educator performance assessments as evidence for initial state licensure and for program approval and accountability in educator preparation programs.
States have an important role to play in making sure teachers have the support they need to fulfill their increasingly complex roles.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), every state has the opportunity to analyze its current teacher and leader quality initiatives and use ESSA to ensure your education workforce can deliver on the state’s strategic vision and aspirations for the students this law is intended to serve.