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Findings by State - Indiana

Overview

Scope of Review in Indiana
  3847 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  36 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-38 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-37 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  18 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 71% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-18 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-19 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
44% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Indiana:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Indiana University - Bloomington (undergraduate secondary) and Purdue University - Calumet (undergraduate elementary and secondary) are on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that only 24 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Indiana restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, although no such programs were found in Indiana.

  • Early reading instruction -- Just 22 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Indiana are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, an even lower percentage than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. 59 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Indiana provide such training, a significantly higher percentage than the national finding.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Indiana, 90 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- 40 percent of the evaluated Indiana elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- Only 5 percent of Indiana's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. The results are better at the high school level, with 41 percent of Indiana secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide.

  • Outcome data -- 5 percent of Indiana's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

Indiana Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Indiana Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution


Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Indiana University - Bloomington - Undergraduate Secondary
Purdue University - Calumet - Undergraduate Elementary
Purdue University - Calumet - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Indiana

DFER Indiana
The Mind Trust

Andrew Melin, Superintendent, Greater Clark County Schools
Carole Schmidt, Superintendent, South Bend Community School Corporation
Jerry Thacker, Superintendent, Penn-Harris-Madison Schools
Eugene White, former Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools

Indiana's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Anderson University Annual new teacher production (2010):  70
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Ball State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  363
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Bethel College Annual new teacher production (2010):  34
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Butler University Annual new teacher production (2010):  79
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Calumet College of St. Joseph Annual new teacher production (2010):  54
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Franklin College Annual new teacher production (2010):  33
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Goshen College Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Grace College and Theological Seminary Annual new teacher production (2010):  36
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Huntington University Annual new teacher production (2010):  30
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Indiana State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  242
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University - Bloomington Annual new teacher production (2010):  427
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Graduate Special Education
Indiana University - East Annual new teacher production (2010):  32
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University - Kokomo Annual new teacher production (2010):  44
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University - Northwest Annual new teacher production (2010):  37
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University - South Bend Annual new teacher production (2010):  121
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University - Southeast Annual new teacher production (2010):  103
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Annual new teacher production (2010):  175
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Annual new teacher production (2010):  286
Undergraduate Elementary
Indiana Wesleyan University Annual new teacher production (2010):  218
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Manchester University Annual new teacher production (2010):  37
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Marian University Indianapolis Annual new teacher production (2010):  69
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Oakland City University Annual new teacher production (2010):  90
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Purdue University Annual new teacher production (2010):  396
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Purdue University - Calumet Annual new teacher production (2010):  75
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Purdue University - North Central Annual new teacher production (2010):  20
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Saint Joseph's College Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Saint Mary's College Annual new teacher production (2010):  55
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Annual new teacher production (2010):  91
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Taylor University Annual new teacher production (2010):  83
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Evansville Annual new teacher production (2010):  33
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Indianapolis Annual new teacher production (2010):  69
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Notre Dame Annual new teacher production (2010):  74
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
University of Saint Francis Annual new teacher production (2010):  34
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Southern Indiana Annual new teacher production (2010):  185
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Valparaiso University Annual new teacher production (2010):  68
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Vincennes University Annual new teacher production (2010):  40
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

College of the Holy Cross
DePauw University
Hanover College
Indiana Institute of Technology
Trine Univeristy
Wabash College

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report Here) and offer a summary of Indiana's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement.

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom.  These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states,authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.