Think tank wants tougher admission standards for education schools

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

To improve teacher quality in Wisconsin, a new report suggests lawmakers should compel the state's education schools to beef up their admission requirements and allow only top-performing students to train to become teachers.

The report released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank, also calls on lawmakers to require that the results of statewide performance evaluations for new teachers be linked back to the programs that trained them.

"We would like to have a direct line between where you graduated from and how effective you are in the classroom," said Mark Schug, an education professor emeritus for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-author of the report.

Education school leaders defended their programs Tuesday, and pointed out changes already underway.

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