Teacher-training schools face tougher accreditation standards

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The overhaul comes as colleges of education are under scrutiny from many quarters, including the Obama administration, amid complaints they are failing to prepare teachers for K-12 classrooms.

Under the new standards, adopted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, colleges of education will be required for the first time to track graduates' performance in K-12 classrooms and ensure they are contributing to student growth, as measured by test scores or other factors.

Teacher preparation programs also will have to ensure each incoming class has an average grade point of at least a 3.0, and college admission scores in the top 50% of the nation, beginning in 2017. The bar will be raised over time, until 2020, when an incoming class must have average college-admission scores in the top third. The typical grade-point average to get into a program is about 2.5.

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