St. Louis — July 9
A recent study assessing more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary school teachers, their admission standards, training and value found most are not up to standard, a trend that could add to the U.S. achievement gap.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group, recently released a report titled “Teacher Prep Review 2013.” The study found that about 75 percent of teacher training programs do not train potential educators on how to teach reading based on the latest research. Instead, future teachers are left to develop their own methods.
Additionally, researchers found that less than 1-in-9 programs for elementary educators are preparing students to teach Common Core State Standards — the achievement benchmarks for math and reading that have been adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C. For programs preparing high school teachers, that rate is roughly a third of programs.
Source: Applied Scholastics International