Are Teacher Preparation Programs the Smartest Investment We Can Make?

Elementary teacher preparation programs have made recent gains in reading instruction but still struggle with math and classroom management. Photo courtesy of Ilmicrofono Oggiono. Undergraduate elementary teacher programs have made progress recently, but still have room for improvement according to a recent report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). NCTQ examined 875 …

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Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?

In late 2013, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced changes to the examination prospective teachers are required to pass in order to obtain a Michigan teaching certificate. Specifically, the difficulty of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE), which is considered a test of the basic skills a teacher needs to be effective, was set at …

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NCTQ misses the goal again

Originally I was going to title this post “NCTQ fumbles the ball again,” but since it is World Cup season I decided to go with something a little more timely.  No matter how you phrase it, however, the second iteration of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s attempt to evaluate teacher preparation program is even …

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