ON-Lion Letter
Student teaching serves as a capstone experience for nearly 200,000 teacher candidates each year.  In an effort to understand how to get student teaching right," the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in Washington, D.C., embarked on an ambitious effort to measure student-teaching programs nationwide, assessing the degree to which they have the right pieces in place necessary for delivering a high-quality program.

The resulting report, Student Teaching in the United States, examines policies and practices at 134 universities and colleges to answer questions like:  Who is mentoring our future teachers?  Do student teachers receive the feedback they need to improve?  Does the experience sufficiently replicate the experience of being a teacher?

The NCTQ review found evidence of some strong student-teaching programs at 10 institutions.  However, most of the institutions' programs were generally weak, with fully 25% falling into the most-deficient category.

In addition to providing a national snapshot of student teaching today and overall ratings of each of the 134 institutions, Student Teaching in the United States includes specific examples of exemplary student-teaching practices and recommendations on how all programs can improve.  A supplement to the study, Key Ingredients for Strong Student Teaching, compiles documents that together form a model for a successful student-teaching program.

Video of presentations and panel discussions at the July release of the report can be viewed online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee provided support to NCTQ for Student Teaching in the United States.
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