JEFFERSON CITY (KMOX) – The National Council on Teacher Quality wanted to know if a state’s policies work to create and retain high quality teachers.

Sandi Jacobs, Vice President with the council, says Missouri is leading the way in making sure middle school and high school teachers know the content they are going to teach.

“Just two years ago we gave Missouri a grade of a D and this go around we raised that to a C minus which was also the national average this year,” says Jacobs.

Jacobs adds that Missouri’s policies result in a D+ when it comes to getting rid of ineffective teachers and the state’s teacher certification path for those coming from other professions needs significant improvement.


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