ERIC Number: ED468205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Interpret With Caution: The First State Title II Reports on the Quality of Teacher Preparation.
Huang, Sandra; Yi, Yun; Haycock, Kati
In enacting new teacher quality provisions in the Higher Education Act, Congress intended to increase clarity and consistency of public reporting about the status of teacher education programs and ensure that states establish accountability measures for teacher preparation institutions. Beginning in 2001, states must report yearly data on six dimensions of teacher preparation and performance (teacher standards, requirements for certification/licensure, assessment requirements and pass rates, criteria for measuring program performance, teachers on waivers, and state efforts to improve teacher quality). This paper presents results from an analysis of this data, investigating whether states are meeting the requirements and spirit of the law. Overall, state reports revealed little. Most of the reporting was inconsistent, incomplete, and incomprehensible. Some of the misleading findings include the fact that only one teacher preparation institution in the nation is classified as low-performing. A very low number of teachers are on waivers, and many institutions, even whole states, have 100-percent pass rates on licensure tests. Some states still have very weak assessment systems or no teacher assessment system at all. Many states have very large differences in the distribution of uncertified teachers between high-poverty districts and others. Study data are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Data Collection, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, State Government, Teacher Certification, Teacher Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust West, Oakland, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title II