ERIC Number: ED306925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Assurance Program: Beginning Teacher Warranty.
Barr, Robert D.
This report discusses the Quality Assurance Program at the OSU/WOSC School of Education, a merged school serving Oregon State University and Western Oregon State College. This major reform in teacher education is designed to bring a high level of accountability to teacher education and is called a "Warranty of First-Year Teachers." If, on the basis of systematic evaluation, the graduates of the teacher education program fail to perform satisfactorily as beginning teachers, the School of Education provides direct assistance and support to both the employing school and the new teacher. It prepares almost 700 new teachers each year, and since 1982, fewer than a dozen of them have been evaluated as less than effective. Each of these beginning teachers has received intensive support from the school's faculty. Some of the services offered to the teachers are: on-site consultation with principal and teacher; on-site classroom observation; assistance in curriculum development; and reimbursement for cost of substitute teachers to enable them to work with college faculty members. This warranty program has gained national and international attention and the support of legislators and newspaper editorial boards. It has been replicated at a number of schools of education and community colleges across the country. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Beginning Teachers, Competency Based Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Models, Performance, Program Descriptions, Quality Control, Schools of Education, State Colleges, State Programs, State Universities, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ.-Western Oregon State Coll., Corvallis. School of Education.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.