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Findings by State - Ohio

Overview

Scope of Review in Ohio
  6323 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  46 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-49 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-51 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  20 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 73% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-22 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-25 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
33% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Ohio:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Marietta College (undergraduate secondary), Ohio Northern University (undergraduate secondary) and Ohio State University (graduate 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 27 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Ohio 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, including Cedarville University (undergraduate elementary and secondary) and the Ohio State University (graduate elementary and secondary).

  • Early reading instruction -- 36 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Ohio are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, compared to 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. 23 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Ohio provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Ohio, 71 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. That is the same failure rate that was found in programs across the country.

  • Classroom management -- 10 percent of the evaluated Ohio 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 4 percent of Ohio'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 49 percent of Ohio secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. The secondary results are perhaps better than might have been expected, given that Ohio has inadequate licensing test requirements for its general science and social science certifications, putting on programs the entire responsibility for ensuring that teacher candidates know the content of every subject they are certified to teach.

  • Outcome data -- 61 percent of Ohio's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample, based on efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers and/or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs).

Ohio Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Ohio Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution


Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Marietta College - Undergraduate Secondary
Ohio Northern University - Undergraduate Secondary
Ohio State University - Graduate Elementary
Ohio State University - Graduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Ohio

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Mary Ronan, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
Lori Ward, Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools

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

Ohio Funders
Cleveland Foundation
The George Gund Foundation

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
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
Antioch University Midwest Annual new teacher production (2010):  63
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Ashland University Annual new teacher production (2010):  360
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Baldwin Wallace University Annual new teacher production (2010):  93
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Bluffton University Annual new teacher production (2010):  59
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Bowling Green State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  579
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Capital University Annual new teacher production (2010):  98
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cedarville University Annual new teacher production (2010):  56
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Central State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  23
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Cleveland State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  326
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
College of Mount St. Joseph Annual new teacher production (2010):  57
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
College of Wooster Annual new teacher production (2010):  21
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Defiance College Annual new teacher production (2010):  32
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Franciscan University of Steubenville Annual new teacher production (2010):  45
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Heidelberg University Annual new teacher production (2010):  60
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
John Carroll University Annual new teacher production (2010):  87
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Kent State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  375
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Lake Erie College Annual new teacher production (2010):  15
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lourdes University Annual new teacher production (2010):  34
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Malone University Annual new teacher production (2010):  51
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Marietta College Annual new teacher production (2010):  18
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Miami University - Oxford Annual new teacher production (2010):  345
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Annual new teacher production (2010):  110
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Muskingum University Annual new teacher production (2010):  119
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Notre Dame College Annual new teacher production (2010):  146
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Ohio Dominican University Annual new teacher production (2010):  86
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Ohio Northern University Annual new teacher production (2010):  44
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Ohio State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  363
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Ohio University Annual new teacher production (2010):  495
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Ohio Wesleyan University Annual new teacher production (2010):  25
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Otterbein University Annual new teacher production (2010):  105
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Shawnee State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  45
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Akron Annual new teacher production (2010):  300
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
University of Cincinnati Annual new teacher production (2010):  212
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Dayton Annual new teacher production (2010):  204
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Findlay Annual new teacher production (2010):  130
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Mount Union Annual new teacher production (2010):  74
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Rio Grande Annual new teacher production (2010):  26
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Toledo Annual new teacher production (2010):  163
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Urbana University Annual new teacher production (2010):  28
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Ursuline College Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Walsh University Annual new teacher production (2010):  63
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wilmington College Annual new teacher production (2010):  61
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wittenberg University Annual new teacher production (2010):  62
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wright State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  297
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Xavier University Annual new teacher production (2010):  132
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Youngstown State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  214
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Case Western Reserve University
Cincinnati Christian University
Hiram College
Oberlin College
Ohio Christian University

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 Ohio'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.