The Board of Regents has enacted reforms to improve teacher quality and eliminate shortages:

  • Eliminated 16,000 uncertified teachers.

  • Created alternative pathways to recruit experienced professionals.

  • Required all teacher education programs to meet higher standards and be accredited.

  • Required new teachers to have a major in the subject for which they are certified.

  • Required new teachers to pass the Content Specialty Test.

  • Required that teachers get 175 hours of professional development tied to the learning standards every 5 years.