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ERIC Number: ED545343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 102
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
2014 Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation's Teacher Preparation Programs
Greenberg, Julie; Walsh, Kate; McKee, Arthur
National Council on Teacher Quality
"Teacher Prep Review 2014" is the second edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) annual assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The "Review" uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation. Ever so slowly, the United States is taking a harder look at how its teacher preparation schools are improving the quality of the teachers they produce. The signs are everywhere--from proposed federal action to state legislatures and school boards passing new oversight laws and regulations, to a newly marshaled push for stronger accreditation by the institutions themselves. The country is finally waking up to the critical importance of improving teacher preparation quality to produce more classroom-ready teachers. But as "NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2014" shows, far more needs to be done to expand the pool of teachers properly prepared to meet the challenges of the contemporary American classroom. Still, an upsurge in quality has begun. It is good news indeed to be able to report some movement, however spotty, given the many attempts to improve teacher preparation that never even got off the ground. Among the key findings are: (1) Of the 1,668 programs (housed in 836 institutions) ranked in the "Review," only 26 elementary programs and 81 secondary programs make NCTQ's lists of Top Ranked programs; (2) Elementary programs continue to be far weaker than their secondary counterparts, with 1.7 times as many elementary programs as secondary programs found to be failing; (3) The field also maintains a scattershot approach to mathematics preparation: 23 states cannot boast a single program that provides solid math preparation resembling the practices of high-performing nations; (4) District superintendents tell us that elementary teachers simply do not know the core subjects of the elementary curriculum; (5) Three out of four programs fail even to insist that applicants be in the top half of the college-going population, a modest academic standard. One encouraging sign: nine institutions raised their admission standards after the release of the first edition of the "Review"; (6) Ten institutions had "both" an elementary and a secondary program on the lists of Top Ranked programs: Arizona State University, Miami University of Ohio, CUNY-Hunter College (NY), Dallas Baptist University (TX), Eastern Connecticut State University, Fort Hays State University (KS), Lipscomb University (TN), Ohio State University, the University of Houston (TX), and Western Governors University (UT); and (7) The most promising sign of progress is in the training teacher candidates receive in how to manage classrooms--an area that new teachers perennially describe as their most difficult challenge. Of the institutions that submitted new materials and asked to be rescored for this edition, 15 percent made important improvements to the guidance they give to their student teachers about how to set rules, how to minimize classroom disruption, and how to apply consequences to misbehavior fairly and effectively. Four appendices (available separately) provide: (1) Rankings for all programs in the "NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2014" (ED545344); (2) Methodology (ED545345); (3) Background and Methodology for Alternative Certification Pilot (ED545346); and (4) Next steps for aspiring teachers (ED545347). [For the 2013 edition of this report, see ED543515.]
National Council on Teacher Quality. 1420 New York Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-393-0020; Fax: 202-393-0095; Web site: http://www.nctq.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality