ERIC Number: ED440946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Institutional Quality and Teacher Preparation: Beyond Testing and Accreditation.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper discusses shortfalls in teacher preparation and the programs that launch prospective teachers toward careers in education. It examines the state's role in connecting that preparation to a career that fulfills the purposes of public education. In too many cases, institutions of higher education have given responsibility for preparing teachers less than their full attention. It is important to get education back on track. State policymakers have primary responsibility for the repair. The state must clearly identify the public and private ends to be used as the basis for judging school and teacher quality. The broader goals of public education need articulation by the state. Quality must be observed in the teacher's ability to utilize what is known about how children learn and why. Too few states have meaningful, ongoing collaboration among K-12 schools and higher education. The state legislature must structure the necessary interaction between the two entities. A promising shift has occurred in states' movement to require more performance-based teacher preparation programs. The paper presents 10 critical quality components of an institution's teacher education program. It concludes by recognizing progress that has occurred and re-emphasizing the role of states in this process. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Child Development, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Quality Control, State Government, State Standards, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Responsibility
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202. Tel: 303-299-3639.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: A Report of a Meeting, Hosted by the Education Commission of the States, (Chicago, IL, August 31-September 1, 1999).