Ed School Essentials: Evaluating the Fundamentals of Teacher Training Programs in Texas
is, by far, the National Council on Teacher Quality's largest education school study to date. It measures 67 undergraduate programs against 25 standards focused on design
, or the essentials needed to help produce high-caliber teachers. The need for the study is great; traditional ed schools are under fire, more than ever, for failing to adequately prepare new teachers for the challenges of today's classrooms.
So, not surprisingly, most of the programs we reviewed fail to meet all of NCTQ's standards. But a handful rate highly overall, while several fail miserablyinformation especially useful for ed school "consumers
," both aspiring teachers and district hiring managers. You'll find NCTQ's analyses, insights and recommendations in the report, which we invite you to download and/or explore online. Our goal, as always, is to help ensure that every child has an effective teacher.