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
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.