National Reform Initiatives
NCTQ Teacher Prep Report
A report rating American teacher preparation programs recently released by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) unfortunately did not meet its goal of accurately and fairly reviewing the institutions that prepare future teachers. View UNI response to the NCTQ report on teacher prep programs.
Education Preparation Reform Act - Senate Bill S.3582
Teacher Performance Assessment
Partnership for Teacher Quality
The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) formed the Partnership for Teacher Quality. The partnership promotes awareness, understanding, and collaboration about teacher quality issues at the state level. Below is a selection of Policy Brief documents.
National Council on Teacher Quality Report : "Student Teaching in the United States" - Article
Raising the Bar: Aligning And Elevating Teacher Preparation And The Teaching Profession - A report of the American Federation of Teachers Teacher Preparation Task Force 2012
Our Responsibility, Our Promise Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession - A Report by the CCSSO Task Force on Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession
Bridging the “Widest Street in the World” Reflections on the History of Teacher Education - American Education , Summer 2011 Issue
State Reform Initiatives
Iowa Task Force Reports:
Praxis II New Requirements
Excerpt from Senate File 2284 passed in May 2012:
Administer, prior to a student's completion of the practitioner program and subject to the director's approval, subject assessments designed by a nationally recognized testing service that measure pedagogy and knowledge of at least one subject area; or, a valid and reliable subject-area-specific, performance-based assessment for preservice teacher candidates, centered on student learning. A student shall not successfully complete the program unless the student achieves scores above the twenty-fifth percentile nationally on the assessments administered pursuant to this subparagraph. (p.25)