“Easy A’s” gets an F

Written by: Donald Heller

Primary Source: The Dean’s Blog


I have written in the past about problems with reports on the teacher preparation industry issued by the National Council on Teacher Quality (see here and here, for example).  In order to keep its name in front of the media in-between the releases of its annual major report on teacher preparation, NCTQ has released a series of studies of other aspects of teacher preparation.  The latest in the series, “Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them” came out earlier this week.  As with other studies released by NCTQ, this one has fatal flaws, and the Chronicle of Higher Education today published an opinion column on the report that I authored.

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Donald Heller
Donald E. Heller is Dean of the College of Education and a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Prior to his appointment in January, 2012, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and professor of education and senior scientist at The Pennsylvania State University. He also has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan. His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia, and has testified in front of Congressional committees, state legislatures, and in federal court cases as an expert witness. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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