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Effectiveness of teacher preparation under scrutiny

NCTQ’s rankings of teacher preparation programs have generated much debate

teacher-evaluation-effectivenessI honestly can’t remember a single lesson that really stuck out to me in Ms. Leslie’s first grade class. In fact, I barely remember sitting down at my desk for anything school related.

What I do remember is that something about her teaching inspired me to write incessantly that summer, which led to years of amateur writing and eventually studying journalism.

Years later, I can tell she was a great teacher. But what would today’s systems of teacher evaluation say about her performance?

Current attempts to measure teacher quality have resulted in controversy, and a ranking of teacher preparation programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality is one example. The organization’s 2014 Teacher Prep Review, released in June, evaluated and ranked more than 1,000 teacher preparation programs and has garnered mixed reviews.

(Next page: What critics say about NCTQ’s rankings—and how the organization responds)

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