Aspiring teachers and other stakeholders can all benefit from knowing the quality of teacher preparation programs. In a new Teach Plus survey, educators recommend indicators of teacher preparation program quality and accountability to help inform consumers and policymakers.
In Taking Stock: A Teacher Perspective on Informing and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs, 755 teachers from across 26 states and the District of Columbia identified recommendations for states on prep program reporting. Teach Plus sought to important key questions, including:
- What’s important and what’s not in state reporting?
- If you are aspiring to be a teacher, how can you tell if a program is right for you and will fully prepare you for your classroom and students?
- And, because teachers are best positioned to know where their training excelled, where it fell short?
Teachers in the survey said:
- The attractiveness of a program is best measured by classroom performance, diversity of its candidates, and long-term retention in schools.
- States should hold prep programs accountable for their graduates’ performance.
- States should regularly release transparent and accessible reports on programs.
- Aspiring teachers should have access to information on program quality, including how well programs give candidates a strong knowledge base on which to grow as professionals.
If you’re interested in learning more, read the full findings and survey methodology, check out recent coverage in EdWeek, and let us know if you’d like to connect with other advocates working to improve teacher preparation.