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Teacher Quality: Sustained Coordination among Key Federal Education Programs Could Enhance State Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality (GAO-09-593)
This document presents the results of GAO’s Web-based State Surveys
on Efforts to Coordinate Teacher Quality Initiatives. We
administered two identical Web-based surveys-one that was
sent to state education agency (SEA) officials in all 50
states and the District of Columbia; and a second to state
agency for higher education (SAHE) officials in 48 states and
the District of Columbia. We did not send a SAHE survey to New
York or Michigan because (1) in New York the executive official
of higher education is also responsible for directing kindergarten
through twelfth grade education, and (2) in Michigan there is no
state agency or officer with governance authority over higher
education. We received 48 completed SEA surveys for a response
rate of 94 percent and 47 completed SAHE surveys for a response
rate of 96 percent.
The surveys were designed to understand the challenges facing
state agencies’ in their efforts to collaborate within their
states on efforts to improve teacher quality. The questions in
our surveys were posed to obtain information on: 1) state agency
initiatives across a wide range of teacher quality areas; (2) state
agencies’ collaborative activities within their state; (3) the
role of a state coordinating body (where applicable) in teacher
quality initiatives; and (4) the usefulness of federal grant funds
and technical and other assistance provided by Education.
A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology is contained
in our report, Teacher Quality: Sustained Coordination among Key Federal Education Programs Could Enhance State Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality GAO-09-593 (Washington, D.C.: July 6, 2009). We
administered these surveys from August 2008 to November 2008,
and conducted all work in accordance with generally accepted
How to View The Surveys
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