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Education Policy and Reform Efforts

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.

Strengthening State Teacher Licensure Standards to Advance Teaching Effectiveness

Recognizing and Developing Effective Teaching: What Policy Makers Should Know and Do

The Clinical Preparation of Teachers

Learning to Practice: The Design of Clinical Experience in Teacher Preparation

National Council on Teacher Quality Report : "Student Teaching in the United States" - Article

"Student Teaching in the United States" - PowerPoint

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

COE at the IACTE Day at the Capitol  

Building World-Class Schools for Iowa: A Legislative Brief - January 14, 2013  

Governor's 2013 Reform Bill 

Building World-Class Schools for Iowa : A Response to the Governor's Reform Bill 

 

Iowa Task Force Reports:

Administrator Evaluation Task Force - Final Report 10/15/2012

Educational Leadership Faculty Response to Iowa Department of Education's Administrator Evaluation Task Force Final Report

Instructional Time Task Force - Final Report 10/15/2012

Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation -  Final Report October 15, 2012

University of Northern Iowa educators commentary on the Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation Final Report

Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation Task Force - Final Report 10/15/2012

University of Northern Iowa educators commentary on the Teaching Standards and Teaching Evaluation Task Force recommendations

 

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)

Further Guidance - Praxis Testing Requirements memo from Jason E. Glass, Director, Iowa Department of Education

Response from Dr. Melissa Heston and Dr. Cherin Lee to Senator Bartz on the Impact of new Praxis II requirements.