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Rhode Island Raises Entry Requirements for Teacher Preparation

Rhode Island will strengthen its minimum requirements for entry into teacher-preparation programs, the Providence Journal reports, making it the latest in a wave of states seeking to boost potential teachers' academic profiles.

The state's board of education will require that each entering class of teacher-candidates score in the top 50 percent on college-entrance exams beginning in 2016-17, and in the top third by 2020. Each cohort must also earn an average GPA of 3.0 to be admitted. (Individual students will need a 2.75 GPA for entry into undergraduate programs and a 3.0 for entry into graduate programs.) 

Preparation programs will be expected to follow their graduates more closely, using results from the state's teacher-evaluation system to see how their newly minted teachers are performing.

The requirements are similar to those adopted recently by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, a national accreditor of teacher-preparation programs.

Quite a few other states are also taking similar steps to raise the minimum-entry qualifications for teacher preparation, as I've reported for Education Week.

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