Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs: What Not to Do
M. Suzanne Franco, Wright State University &
Martha S. Hendricks, Wilmington College of Ohio
The National Council on Teacher Quality intends to rate all teacher education programs in the country and publish its findings in US News and World Report. The rating is to be determined by a survey of program characteristics. This paper presents the statewide results of a multi-state, collaboratively developed survey of teacher education program characteristics.
Exploratory factor analysis (n=86) determined that the programs were more similar than not. Reasons for the similarity could lie in accreditation requirements. The authors warn that implementation of the proposed NCTQ methodology will have similar results. Evaluation of teacher education programs should include observational, interview and other contextualized data.
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