Raising the Bar for Teachers

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

MIAMI (AP) - Countries that outpace the U.S. in education employ many different strategies to help their students excel. They do, however, share one: They set high requirements to become a teacher,
hold them to a high esteem and give them plenty of support.

On Wednesday and Thursday, education leaders from the U.S. and high performing countries are meeting in New York to identify the best teaching practices.

The meeting comes after the recently released results of the Programme for International Student Assessment exam of 15-year-olds alarmed U.S. educators. Out of 34 countries, it ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

A report released in conjunction with the conference concluded that in order for the U.S. to remain competitive, it must raise the status of the teaching profession.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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