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Findings by State - Wisconsin

Overview

Scope of Review in Wisconsin
  3293 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  27 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-26 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-27 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  12 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 72% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-12 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-12 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
22% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Wisconsin:

  • Highly rated programs -- The undergraduate secondary program at the University of Wisconsin - Stout 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 32 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

  • Early reading instruction -- Just 25 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Wisconsin 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. The state should find this especially alarming given that Wisconsin now requires elementary teacher candidates to pass one of the most rigorous tests of scientifically based reading instruction in the country.

  • 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. 25 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Wisconsin provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Wisconsin, 58 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.

  • Content preparation -- None of Wisconsin's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. At the high school level, 23 percent of Wisconsin secondary programs earn four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. The major problem at the secondary level is that programs' requirements for general science or general social science certifications do not ensure that candidates are prepared in the content of every subject they will be licensed to teach, since the states licensing test requirements do not provide this assurance.

  • Outcome data -- None of the evaluated programs in Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Wisconsin Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
University of Wisconsin - Stout - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Wisconsin

DFER Wisconsin
Wisconsin Reading Coalition

Wisconsin'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
Alverno College Annual new teacher production (2010):  65
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cardinal Stritch University Annual new teacher production (2010):  125
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Carroll University Annual new teacher production (2010):  77
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Carthage College Annual new teacher production (2010):  65
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Concordia University Wisconsin Annual new teacher production (2010):  142
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Edgewood College Annual new teacher production (2010):  91
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lakeland College Annual new teacher production (2010):  41
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lawrence University Annual new teacher production (2010):  23
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Maranatha Baptist Bible College Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Marian University Annual new teacher production (2010):  57
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Marquette University Annual new teacher production (2010):  66
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Annual new teacher production (2010):  25
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
St. Norbert College Annual new teacher production (2010):  78
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Annual new teacher production (2010):  222
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Annual new teacher production (2010):  120
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Annual new teacher production (2010):  209
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual new teacher production (2010):  233
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Annual new teacher production (2010):  260
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Annual new teacher production (2010):  282
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
University of Wisconsin - Platteville Annual new teacher production (2010):  123
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - River Falls Annual new teacher production (2010):  165
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Annual new teacher production (2010):  241
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Stout Annual new teacher production (2010):  133
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Superior Annual new teacher production (2010):  54
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Annual new teacher production (2010):  313
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Viterbo University Annual new teacher production (2010):  37
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wisconsin Lutheran College Annual new teacher production (2010):  24
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available


Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Beloit College
College of Menominee Nation
Mount Mary College
Northland College
Ripon College
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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 Wisconsin'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.