ON-Lion Letter
In January, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in Washington, D.C., U.S. News & World Report magazine announced the launch of a landmark survey of more than 1,000 schools of education across the country.  Unprecedented in its scope and comprehensiveness, the project will rate the quality of teacher-preparation programs from which more than 200,000 new teachers graduate each year.

The new rating survey, to be published in the second half of 2012, will be useful for both consumers and policymakers.  Teacher education is a critical national issue, and preliminary data indicates that there are wide variances in the quality of programs. 

Aspiring teachers will be able to identify which programs will best prepare them for the classroom, and school districts will know where they should target their recruitment efforts for new hires.  Education leaders -- including university presidents, state superintendents of education, and state legislators -- will be able to evaluate the best and worst practices across all 50 states.

U.S. News has long ranked the graduate schools of education as part of its college and university ranking guides.  The new teacher-education review is a separate survey, which will be a more detailed examination of a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.

With others, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the project.
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