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Education Dept. Proposes New Regulations For Teacher Training

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 10:56 AM

In an attempt to address teacher quality, the Obama administration has issued regulations that will require states to develop a rating system to measure teacher-training programs by 2016.

“It has long been clear that as a nation, we could do a far better job of preparing teachers for the classroom. It’s not just something that studies show – I hear it in my conversations with teachers, principals and parents,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday.

"Too often (teachers) struggle at the beginning of their careers and have to figure out too much on the job for themselves,” he added.

According to the Department of Education, the proposed rules would "refocus institutional data reporting already required under federal law on meaningful data at the program level" and provide accountability for how effective individual programs are in preparing teachers to perform in the classroom.

Presently, states are permitted to establish their own standards for identifying low-performing programs, but more than half of the states have not done so, reports Education Week.

Several states, including North Carolina and Florida, do gather information about teacher preparation programs to the public.

Although supportive of efforts to strengthen teacher-training programs, some critics believe the department is engaging in federal overreach.

Deborah Koolbeck, director of government relations for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, told The Wall Street Journal that she found it "troubling" that the federal government would step in to link federal grants with program evaluations.

“This only makes every one of us wonder what they are going to do with higher education when they rate institutions of higher education,” said Koolbeck.

In a statement, The Education Trust applauded the administration for requiring "consequences for the worst-of-the-worst" programs.

"Right now, even the lowest performing programs are able to award TEACH Grants, federal dollars for teacher candidates who commit to teaching in high-need schools. The proposed rules would end this harmful practice," The Education Trust stated.

Becky Pringle of the National Education Association (NEA) criticized the use of student test scores in evaluating teacher-training programs.

“The NEA is troubled by the inappropriate use of student test scores in any teacher preparation accountability system. We need to be sure policy supports improvements in teacher preparation and provides the necessary resources to help programs meet high standards. We are opposed to the use of flawed tests and value-added measures to make high-stakes decisions about students, teachers, or teacher preparation," she said in a statement.

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