ERIC Number: ED471017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Training Programs: Activities Underway To Improve Teacher Training, but Information Collected To Assess Accountability Has Limitations. Testimony before the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives.
Ashby, Cornelia M.
This testimony highlights two components of the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act (which were intended to enhance the quality of classroom teaching by improving training programs for prospective teachers and qualifications of current teachers). One component provides grants, and another, called the "accountability provisions," requires data collection and reporting on the quality of all teacher training programs and qualifications of current teachers. A U.S. General Accounting Office study found that Education has approved or awarded 123 grants to states and partnerships totalling over $460 million. Grantees have used funds for activities they believe will improve teaching, though it is too early to determine grants' effects on classroom teaching quality. Most grantees have emphasized reforming requirements for teachers, providing professional development to current teachers, and recruiting new teachers. Within these areas, grantees' efforts vary. Information collected as part of the accountability provisions has limitations. While Education was required to develop definitions for terms and uniform reporting methods, Education officials made significant efforts to define the terms so that they incorporated the uniqueness of teacher training programs, state reporting procedures, and data availability. Thus, some terms were defined very broadly, states and institutions had discretion to interpret them as they wished, and data collection and reporting was not uniform. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Grants, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications
For full text: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-197T.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.