- Groups form Task Force to Sway Teacher-Prep Rules, Education Week, August 21
Nine higher ed groups, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) have formed a task force on teacher preparation. It has laid out a critique of the administration's proposed regs on teacher prep and a set of principles for strong accountability systems.
- Groups Press the ED for Teacher-Prep Rules, Education Week, August 27
A "wide swath of advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and teacher training groups" sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging him to issue regulations to strengthen teacher preparation accountability (NCTQ was one of the signatories.).
- edTPA: Slow this train down, NCTQ Pretty Darn Quick, August 27
NCTQ's Senior Policy Analyst Julie Greenberg and President Kate Walsh argue that while it may be useful to require teacher candidates to pass a performance assessment before they are licensed, what we know about the edTPA that is being piloted across the country doesn't yet give one confidence that it is a good assessment or an means for assessing the quality of teacher prep programs.
- Getting the Facts Straight on Preparing Educators, Education Week, August 30
AACTE president Sharon Robinson contends the field of higher-education based teacher prep has made "leaps and bounds in the past decade."
- Is Teach for America Working?, NY Times, August 31
One University of Texas professor calls TFA a "glorified temp agency," while an NYC assistant principal who has supervised corps members says, "if anything, they work too hard."