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Education Agencies to Audit Submissions of Teacher Discipline Data Following Investigation

Following an eye-opening investigation from the USA TODAY NETWORK, education agencies in every state will now be auditing submissions of teacher discipline data to the database operated by the non-profit, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification

The investigation found a serious lapse in states reporting of teacher discipline data to the NASDTEC, which allowed for many instances of teachers, who had in some cases lost their licenses, to cross states to teach in schools once again.

Specifically, USA Today journalists found 1,400 cases of teachers losing their licenses that were not submitted to NASDTEC.

In its initial report, USA Today described cases of teachers losing their job in one state’s school system only to find work in another state. In some of the instances, the investigated teachers lost their jobs for getting violent with students or for sexual harassment and yet were still able to teach again.

Immediate action is being taken to figure out how to improve the broken system.

"NASDTEC executive director Phillip Rogers said Monday that education agencies in every state will be required by his organization to audit all of their submissions to the data since they joined the system to ensure their submissions are accurate and complete,” according to USA Today.

"Rogers said the directive for the state audits is expected within the next 10 days, and several states have already undertaken reviews of their data on their own accord. As part of the changes, he said, states will be required to validate that submissions are accurate and complete before sending them to the national database.”

In Delaware, one lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require the Department of Education to "to fully disclose details to the public when an educator’s teaching license is removed,” involving the federal government in an issue it previously had no authority over.

Some countries, like the U.K., regulate teacher disciplinary data through the federal government, which the United States does not yet do despite education advocates arguing for it in the past.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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