How we Graded


The NCTQ Teacher Prep Review evaluates the quality of programs that provide preservice preparation of teachers. The Review database includes both traditional and alternative certification programs.

  • Timeline

    The development of the NCTQ standards and methodology was accomplished deliberately over a period of nine years, with 13 pilot studies of 1,597 programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and field tests of 41 standards in all.

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  • Standards

    Standards are a crucial governing feature of every institution involved in education, including teacher preparation programs. NCTQ's standards focus on what programs should do to prepare teachers to teach to the high level required by college- and career-readiness standards, and their application is measurable.

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  • Data Collection, Validation, and Analysis

    We have established a wide array of techniques to collect and validate the data we need for the Teacher Prep Review. As always, our chief concern was ensuring that we obtained valid data that accurately reflected the training these institutions provide teacher candidates.

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  • Connecting Standards to Programs

    Because of the limited cooperation from institutions, not all standards factor into the scores for programs. This section explains which standards are applied to what programs and how standard scores and program rankings are reported.

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  • Quality Control

    NCTQ's priority in all of its studies of teacher preparation has been to conduct its evaluations with integrity and to produce reliable results. Because of the scale of the Teacher Prep Review and the vast number of decision points involved in data collection, processing, and analysis, continuing to produce reliable results demanded new mechanisms and safeguards.

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  • General Analysts

    Each of the standards of the Teacher Prep Review is scored by a specially trained team. In the case of five standards—Early Reading, Early Reading for English Language Learners, Struggling Readers, Elementary Mathematics, and Instructional Design in Special Education—the scoring teams comprise subject specialists who participated in rigorous training processes.

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The Teacher Prep Review (TPR) evaluates critical areas of traditional and non-traditional teacher preparation using specific and measurable standards. These standards identify programs whose teachers are most likely to produce the best academic outcomes for their students.


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