ON-Lion Letter

In June, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in Washington, D.C., released its 2014 Teacher Prep Review -- its third annual assessment of the nation’s teacher-preparation programs -- with a much-expanded and more-comprehensive evaluation.

The review uncovers early evidence that some teacher-preparation programs are beginning to make changes.  It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation. 

Thirty-three states have recently made significant changes in their accountability policies over teacher-preparation programs, for example, and another seven have taken positive steps forward.  And a growing number of districts are pledging to make use of program data, including the NCTQ findings, to improve their hiring of new teachers and pressure programs to provide the training needed to successfully begin teaching in public schools.

For the first time this year, NCTQ provides a numeric ranking of the programs that prepare the nation’s teachers.  Most states (33) have at least one "Top Ranked" program, leaving 17 states and the District of Columbia without a Top Ranked program in either elementary or secondary education.  Of the 1,612 programs ranked in the review -- an increase of more than a third from last year’s -- NCTQ conferred Top Ranked status to 26 elementary and 81 secondary programs, accounting for only 7% of all programs.

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

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