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|Study Says Less than Half of Student Teachers Deserve Passing Grade
|(IRN)-A study shows lax requirements for teachers in training, but the education programs being studied say that's hogwash.
The report, conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), states that of 111 undergraduate and graduate education programs at colleges and universities across Illinois, only 49 deserve an A, B, or C.
Breakdown of NCTQ Grades:
NCTQ president Kate Walsh says teachers aren't getting the quality education and training that they need, and that grade and high school students deserve. So, NCTQ wants state lawmakers to do the following:
■ Require more rigorous preparation especially in reading and math for elementary
■ Require separate certification or endorsement for middle school teachers
■ Require more specific content requirements for high school teachers, especially in sciences and social sciences.
■ Further examine entry and exit requirements for teacher candidates
■ Accelerate use of student success data in evaluating effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.
"Ultimately, teacher candidates need better information before they enroll in a program, principals need reliable information on new teachers as they make hiring decisions; and legislators and policymakers should better understand the important connection between improved student success and high quality teacher training programs," said Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois.
Higher education programs are not impressed by the report. A letter, signed by several of the programs, calls the report, flawed, superficial, and produced by a group that has an anti-higher education agenda.
The full report can be found at www.nctq.org/edschoolreports/illinois/illinoisReport.jsp.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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