The Answer Sheet: teacher preparation

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Why the 'GREAT Teachers and Principals Act' is not great

If passed, the bill would lead to new teacher and principal prep programs that have less accountability than other state-approved programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Less Accountability, Teacher preparation

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

What does ‘quality teacher’ mean anyway?

Have school reformers too narrowly defined the term?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Is It All About Raising Test Scores, Is It All About Test Scores?, Teacher preparation

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The big problem with new evaluations of teacher prep programs

Buried in small type the fact that some of the data isn't actually all that trustworthy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Data, Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Problems with new ratings of teachers colleges, point by point

Here's a detailed explanation of the problems with new ratings of traditional teacher prep programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Why the NCTQ teacher prep ratings are nonsense

There are many problems with the survey, including a "shocking" degree of inaccuracy in the data.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:58 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Data, Linda Darling-Hammond, Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Ex-Teach For America member changes his mind

A Los Angeles educator finds that change is much harder than he thought.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:59 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guest Voices, School Reforms, Teach for America, Teacher preparation

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Experts: How to overhaul teacher ed (and my problem with their report)

A major report released today calls for overhauling teacher education programs. It offers a number of strong recommendations, but, unfortunately, continues a reliance on standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests | Tags:  blue ribbon panel, blue ribbon panel report, education programs need overhauling, effective teachers, preparing teachers, report on clinical practice, report on teacher education, report on teacher preparation, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teacher ed, teacher education, teacher education programs, teacher education through clinical practice, teacher preparation, teacher quality

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/29/2010

What Rhee's successor should do first

Michelle Rhee rather gracelessly delivered a parting shot to teachers on her way out of the building, telling them to watch their backs because the teacher evaluation system that she created, IMPACT, can tell who’s good and who’s not. Unfortunately, that’s not quite accurate. It's an unfair system open for abuse and Rhee's successor should move to fix it. Now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools | Tags:  IMPACT, d.c. schools, kaya henderson, michelle rhee, performance pay, teach assessment, teacher evaluation, teacher preparation