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October 11, 2012

'Social Justice' Language in Denver Teacher Evaluation Draws Concerns

In response to complaints, the Denver district is revising language in its teacher-evaluation system that described a "distinguished" teacher as one who "encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture" and "take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice,"...

September 20, 2012

Democrats Introduce Bill to Overhaul Teacher Training

Democratic Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have introduced companion bills that would reauthorize and make major changes to federal laws governing teacher preparation, including the reporting requirements, accountability provisions, and TEACH grant scholarship program.

August 27, 2012

Groups Press the ED for Teacher-Prep Rules

A wide swath of advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and teacher-training groups this morning sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this morning demanding "deliberate and swift administrative action" to update the federal rules that govern teacher-preparation program accountability.

August 16, 2012

Michigan Moves to Penalize Teacher-Preparation Programs

Michigan has used its teacher preparation accountability system to bar new enrollments at two teachers' colleges.

August 09, 2012

Can Value-Added Be Applied to Teacher Preparation? Scholars Weigh In

Scholars have completed a variety of new papers looking at whether value-added can be used to make judgments about the effects of teacher preparation programs.

June 29, 2012

Weingarten Proposes 'Bar Exam' for Teachers

AFT proposes a "bar exam" for teachers, but details remain sketchy.

June 26, 2012

Illinois Preserves Teacher-Test Cutoff Score

The Illinois state board of education has held fast to a rigorous cutoff score on its basic-skills test, which all prospective teacher candidates are required to pass before enrolling in a teacher preparation program.

May 24, 2012

NCATE Accredits First 'Nontraditional' Program

The national teacher-college accreditation body has approved its first nontraditional, non-university-based program.

May 21, 2012

AFT Task Force Eyes Teacher Preparation, Again

The AFT has convened a task force to make recommendations to improve teacher preparation.

May 21, 2012

State Teacher-Preparation 'Report Cards' Now Live

The U.S. Department of Education has made available state-generated report cards on teacher preparation.

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