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Elizabeth Useem

Recent Publications by Elizabeth Useem


Comprehensive District Reform: Philadelphia’s Grand Experiment

This report from Benchmarks, desribes Philadelphia’s comprehensive school reform initiative beginning in December 2001 after the state takeover of the district. It outlines the implementation of the diverse provider model in which 70 schools identified…


Supporting New Teachers in the City

In 2002, new teacher retention was a major problem in the Philadelphia school district: less than half of new teachers were staying in the district after three years on the job. Useem and Neild detail…


The Quest for Quality: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Philadelphia

In this second report on teacher quality in Philadelphia, the authors revisit the issues of declining rates of teacher certification, high rates of teacher turnover, elevated attrition rates in high-povery, low-performing schools, and highly centralized…


Closing the Teacher Quality Gap in Philadelphia: New Hope and Old Hurdles

This study of teacher staffing issues in the School District of Philadelphia, the third in a series, outlines the degree to which the district has succeeded in upgrading teachers’ professional credentials, recruiting and retaining them,…
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