Findings by State - Utah
Scope of Review in Utah
|1518||New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)|
Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-9 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-9 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 97% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-6 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-8 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
|78%||Institutions sharing information for the Review|
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Utah:
- Highly rated programs -- The undergraduate secondary program at Western Governors University is 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 39 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Utah 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 Utah.
- Early reading instruction -- 71 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Utah are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, a significantly better 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. 57 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Utah provide such training, well above the national finding.
- Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Utah, 75 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 -- 38 percent of the limited sample of Utah elementary and secondary programs evaluated on this standard 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 -- None of Utah'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 44 percent of Utah secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide.
- Outcome data -- None of Utah's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. The state does not connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), and programs have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.
Utah Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution
Utah Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution
Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
|Western Governors University - Undergraduate Secondary|
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars
No 0-star rated programs
Endorsers of the Review in Utah
Max Rose, Superintendent, Washington County School District
Jeff Stephens, Superintendent, Weber District Schools
McKell Withers, Superintendent, Salt Lake District Schools
Utah'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
Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Brigham Young University
Dixie State College of Utah
Southern Utah University
University of Utah
Utah State University
Brigham Young University Annual new teacher production (2010): 440
Dixie State College of Utah Annual new teacher production (2010): 42
Southern Utah University Annual new teacher production (2010): 130
University of Utah Annual new teacher production (2010): 165
|Undergraduate Special Education||Some standard scores available|
Utah State University Annual new teacher production (2010): 194
Utah Valley University Annual new teacher production (2010): 232
|Undergraduate Elementary||Some standard scores available|
Weber State University Annual new teacher production (2010): 222
|Undergraduate Elementary||Some standard scores available|
Western Governors University Annual new teacher production (2010): 48
Westminster College Annual new teacher production (2010): 45
|Graduate Elementary||Some standard scores available|
|Graduate Secondary||Some standard scores available|
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 Utah'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.