Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge: The Secretary's Annual Report on Teacher Quality. By the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. (The Department, Washington, DC) June 2002. 77 p.
Full Text at: www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/News/teacherprep/AnnualReport.pdf
["Facing a federal deadline for getting a 'highly qualified' teacher in every high poverty classroom by September, many states have begun hiding unflattering data about teacher qualifications and defining quality downward, so that even poorly prepared teachers win top ratings, the Education Department said in a report presented to Congress.... A handful of states, including New York, Texas and North Carolina, had begun raising their requirements for qualifying teachers. But it criticized the majority of states for lax standards and noted that one test California demands that all teachers pass, the California Basic Educational Skills Test, is set at the 10th-grade level." New York Times (June 13, 2002) [online].]