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November 29, 2010

Teacher Groups Protest Earmark Reform

They say such a ban would kill valuable programs with national impact.

November 16, 2010

Panel: Teacher Prep. Needs Major Restructuring

Teacher preparation needs to be organized in such a way that student-teaching and other "clinical" experiences in schools are prioritized, with coursework and other requirements embedded in and supplementing the on-the-job work, a new report says.

October 28, 2010

Standards for Teacher 'Residency' Programs

A group releases quality standards for teacher 'residency' programs.

September 29, 2010

'Churn, Ambivalence, Confusion' in Teacher Ed.?

Education professors continue to hold progressive beliefs, but also are warming up to changes like the Teach For America program and a tougher teacher-tenure bar, according to a national survey of teacher educators.

September 15, 2010

Too Much Leeway in Science Teacher Standards, NCTQ Alleges

The National Council on Teacher Quality contends that too many states lets secondary teachers earn general science endorsements rather than making them pass rigorous tests in biology, chemistry, or physics.

July 29, 2010

Report: States Must Strengthen Teacher-Preparation Accountability

States should overhaul the accountability mechanisms for teacher-preparation programs so that they focus on the effectiveness of graduates in classrooms, as measured by such factors as value-added data, classroom-based teacher observations, surveys of graduates and administrators, and data on the "...

June 09, 2010

Sen. Bennet's Mysterious Teacher Bill

Over at Politics K-12, Alyson Klein has a very interesting item up about Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who recently introduced a school-turnaround bill. While some folks are poring over that, though, here in the teacher-quality universe the question on the table is: What the heck happened to Bennet'...

April 29, 2010

Texas Ed School Study Highlights Disparate Preparation

The National Council on Teacher Quality's big review of 67 Texas education schools is finally out. In what will no doubt drive headlines in the Lone Star State, the report says that eight large programs that prepare a significant number of teachers are in need of some serious attention. They are L...

April 20, 2010

Forthcoming NCTQ Report Already Controversial

The National Council on Teacher Quality hasn't released its big study of education schools in Texas just yet—it's due out later this month—but traditional prep programs in the Lone Star State are already on the defensive. News reports about preliminary ratings have been trickling out s...

March 09, 2010

Better Educated Teachers Needed for Early Ed., Study Suggests

The early-ed initiative PreK Now, a project of the Pew Center on the States, just put out this report on early-childhood education and teacher preparation. Studies suggest, it says, that teachers with bachelor's degrees and specialized training in early education are more effective than those educa...

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