Does teacher certification matter? Lessons from NYC Public Schools

Jun 15, 2016

Teacher sick-outs closed up more than Detroit Public Schools at the beginning of May
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The bailout of the Detroit Public Schools passed by the legislature and awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature includes a provision to allow uncertified teachers.

Those who support the move say that it would help address a growing teacher shortage and allow more professionals who have a passion for teaching to enter the classroom. Detractors say that it discredits the skill and craft of teaching and is just a political move to weaken teachers' unions. 

Pam Grossman has done extensive research in the New York City Public Schools evaluating the effectiveness of teachers, including uncertified ones. 

Grossman is apprehensive about the legislature's move. “There’s no research I’m aware of that shows uncertified teachers are the solution,” she said.

Listen above to what Grossman had to say about uncertified teachers on today's Stateside


Pam Grossman is Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania