(From PopeCenter.org):

“A New Report Could Pressure Weak Education Schools to Make Real Reforms”

By Jesse Saffron

When the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its first comprehensive review of education programs in 2013, many K-12 education reformers were enthusiastic. Prominent news coverage and support from school superintendents called attention to the need to improve teacher preparation.

But the Council—which has advocated for teacher preparation reform since 2000—also received stringent criticism from education school officials, many of whom disputed the report’s methodology. Some claimed that NCTQ had rated programs without having access to all of the relevant materials—such as course syllabi—that would have provided a more complete picture of the programs’ quality.  CONTINUE READING HERE