ON-Lion Letter
"Good teachers and quality schools change lives, but only if the teachers themselves have had the benefit of the same," begins an October report from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), How to Correct Our Schools of Ed.  "In Wisconsin and much of the rest of America, that is too rarely the case."

By Professors Mark C. Schug and Michael Richard Ford, the WPRI report cites the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) 2013 Teacher Prep Review, which evaluates teacher-education programs at 1,130 colleges and universities.  In the NCTQ review:  1.) no Wisconsin institution earns a top rating of four stars; 2.) the only Wisconsin institution to be highly ranked is the University of Wisconsin-Stout, which earned three stars; 3.) most Wisconsin programs earn fewer than two stars; and, 4.) both UW-Milwaukee's undergraduate secondary program and UW-Stevens Point's undergraduate secondary program receive no stars and a "consumer warning."

Schug and Ford make several recommendations to help Wisconsin educate its teachers better.  Their first of five recommendations is to "publicize which schools of education do a better job of preparing teachers as evidenced by their students' performance on standardized tests."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both WPRI and NCTQ's Teacher Prep Review.
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