Monday, December 1, 2014

Grading Teacher Prep

Inside Higher Ed
December 1st, 2014

The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled its controversial regulation that would link some federal funding for teacher preparation programs, in part, to the rate at which their graduates get jobs and how well they perform at the schools where they are hired.
The proposal is aimed at bolstering the quality of American teacher education programs by prodding states to hold the programs more accountable for how well their graduates teach. It also calls for states to collect and publish more robust information about teacher preparation programs with an emphasis on outcomes.
“Teachers too often arrive unprepared to for the realities of the classroom,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters Tuesday.
“States haven’t taken this responsibility as seriously as they need to,” Duncan said. He noted that over the past 12 years, 34 states had never identified a teacher preparation program as being low-performing.

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