One of many big takeaways: for all of the focus of the ed reform policy world on alternative certification programs, they are responsible for only a tiny fraction of teachers that are produced. Only 5 percent of the 724,000 new teachers being trained emerged from a non-university based alternative certification program in 2008-2009. If you count in university based alt cert, that figure only rises to 11 percent. Bottom line is that 89 percent of new teachers are still trained in traditional, university-based programs—the very programs we are rating in our National Review.
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