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Teacher Preparation Strategy U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION September 30, 2011. Prepared by: Office of the Under Secretary & Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. The shape of the teaching profession is changing, raising the stakes on teacher preparation.

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Teacher Preparation Strategy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

September 30, 2011

Prepared by:Office of the Under Secretary & Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development

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The shape of the teaching profession is changing,raising the stakes on teacher preparation.

Teacher experience as share of workforce

Mode: 1 yearof experience.

Mode: 15 yearsof experience.

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Education majors enter college

with low entrance exam scores.

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Education majors tend to earn higher GPAs

in college than students in other fields.

Distribution of GPAs by Major

Education Majors

12 Other Majors

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We have very high pass rates on paper-and-pencil licensure tests that are not rigorous, not reflective of the skills

new teachers need, and lack predictive validity.

National pass rates on licensure exams.

99%

98%

97%

96%

Pass rate (percentage)

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Teachers are dissatisfied with their pre-service training.

62%of new teachers saythey graduated from their school of education unprepared for “classroom realities.”

23%

62%

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Superintendents and principals are dissatisfied

with pre-service teacher training.

Principals reporting their teachers were…

… NOT prepared to work

with parents:

79%

…NOT prepared to address needs

of students from diverse

cultural backgrounds:

72%

…NOT prepared to address needs of students with disabilities:

70%

…NOT prepared to address needs

of students with limited

English proficiency:

84%

…NOT prepared to maintain

order and discipline in

the classroom:

67%

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Our teaching force does not reflect the increasing diversity of our students.

38%of students

Percentage who identify as African-American or Hispanic

14%of teachers

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State accountability is weak. It’s based on licensure exam pass rates and program inputs like accreditation.

Out of the over

1,400institutionspreparing teachers, only

37 programswere identified by states as low-performing in the most recent year.

27 states

have never identified a low-performing program.

12 states

have identified 1-5 low-performing programs.

12 states

have identified 6+ low-performing programs.

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The good news is there’s an emerging consensus

in support of teacher preparation reform.

Teacher education associations are calling for preparation to be “turned upside down.” They want programs to be clinically-based.

States are creating a feedback loop of meaningful databetween K-12 and teacher preparation programs.

TN

NC

LA

Top alternative route and traditional programs are recruiting talent& offeringstrong models.

Ed schools and states are working to develop performance-based licensure assessments and raise standards for entryinto teaching.

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We’re proposing a three part strategy to supportthe emerging consensus in the field.

HEA Title II RegulationsRevise federal reporting requirements to reduce burden and focus on the most important indicators of quality.

1

Presidential Teaching FellowsA new $185 million program to support rigorous state-level policies and provide scholarships to attend top programs.

2

Augustus F. Hawkins Centers for Excellence$40 million in first-time funding for a program supporting teacher preparation at minority-serving institutions.

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Together, these initiatives will reward the best programs, use data to get the middle to self-correct and improve, and transform or shut down the worst performing programs.

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We’ll work with the teacher preparation community to make reporting less burdensome and more meaningful.

CURRENT

PROPOSED

  • Federal HEA Title II survey has 440 fields,focused on inputs
  • Includes whether applicants take Myers-Briggs personality test, undergo fingerprinting.
  • Generally not useful in accountability or improvement.
  • Fewer, more meaningful inputs
  • Limit to meaningful measures like rigor of entry and exit standards.
  • Meaningful outcomes
  • Student growth.
  • Job placement & retention.
  • Graduate & principal surveys.
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Presidential Teaching Fellows will support rigorousstate-level policies and fund scholarships for teachers.

$185 million in formula grants to leverage state reform and provide scholarship aid to top-tier teacher ed programs. (Revision of the existing TEACH Grant program)

States set-aside to implement performance-based licensure and teacher prep program accountability. Receipt conditioned on removal of barriers to effective alternative route programs.

Top-tier programs, be they alternative or traditional route, receive subgrants to award $10,000 scholarships to “Presidential Teaching Fellows.”

Presidential Teaching Fellows prepare to teach high-need subjects or fields, and teach three years in high-need schools.

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Hawkins Centers for Excellence will help preparethe next generation of effective minority teachers.

The President’s budget proposes $40 million in first-time funding for this already-authorized program.

Minority-serving institutions receive competitive grants to reform and expand their teacher preparation programs.

Improvement activities to include:

* Heightened entry or exit standards;* Course redesign so that programs are clinically-based;* All candidates trained in reading instruction methods that are evidence-based, and* Partnerships with local school districts or non-profits with demonstrated effectiveness in preparing and placing minority candidates in high need schools.

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The Department’s teacher preparation strategy is to use outcome data to “reward the best” teacher preparation programs, “improvethe middle,” and

“turn around or shut down the worst.”

HEA Title II RegulationsRevise federal reporting requirements to reduce burden and focus on the most important measures of quality.

1

Presidential Teaching FellowsA new $185 million program to support rigorous state-level policies and provide scholarships to attend top programs.

2

Augustus F. Hawkins Centers for Excellence$40 million in first-time funding for a program supporting teacher preparation at minority-serving institutions.

3

Together, these initiatives build on existing reforms, current Department policy, and tackle long-standing challenges.