Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state's approval process for teacher preparation programs should hold programs accountable for the quality of the teachers they produce.
Missouri's approval process for its traditional and alternate route teacher preparation programs does not hold programs accountable for the quality of the teachers they produce.
Most importantly, Missouri does not collect value-added data that connect student achievement gains to teacher preparation programs.
The state does rely on some objective, meaningful data to measure the performance of traditional teacher preparation programs. Missouri collects retention rates of teachers as well as satisfaction ratings by school principals and teacher supervisors of student teachers using a standardized form to permit program comparison. The results are reported to the state board annually.
Missouri also collects programs' annual summary licensure test pass rates (70 percent of program completers must pass their licensure exams). Regrettably, the 70 percent pass-rate standard sets the bar quite low and is not a meaningful measure of program performance.
However, the state does not collect these data for its alternate route programs. Further, there is no evidence that the state's standards for program approval are resulting in greater accountability. In the past three years, no programs in Missouri have been identified in required federal reporting as low performing.
Finally, Missouri's website does not include a report card that allows the public to review and compare program performance; it merely provides a link to the information posted by Title II.
Missouri Code of State Regulations, 5 CSR 80-805.015 Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) Institutional Handbook http://dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teached/Institutional_Handbook/MoSTEPInstitutionalHandbook_2.htm#CONDITIONS%20AND%20PROCEDURES Title II State Reports https://title2.ed.gov
Collect data that connect student achievement gains to teacher preparation programs.
To ensure that programs are producing effective classroom teachers, Missouri should consider academic achievement gains of students taught by the programs' graduates, averaged over the first three years of teaching.
Gather other meaningful data that reflect program performance.
In addition to knowing whether programs are producing effective teachers, other objective, meaningful data can also indicate whether programs are appropriately screening applicants and if they are delivering essential academic and professional knowledge. Building on the data the state currently collects for its traditional teacher preparation programs, Missouri should gather data for all teacher preparation programs such as the following: average raw scores of graduates on licensing tests, including basic skills, subject matter and professional knowledge tests; satisfaction ratings by school principals and teacher supervisors of programs' student teachers, using a standardized form to permit program comparison; evaluation results from the first and/or second year of teaching; and five-year retention rates of graduates in the teaching profession.
Establish the minimum standard of performance for each category of data.
Programs should be held accountable for meeting these standards, with articulated consequences for failing to do so, including loss of program approval after appropriate due process.
Publish an annual report card on the state's website.
To inform the public with meaningful, readily understandable indicators of how well programs are doing, Missouri should present all the data it collects on individual teacher preparation programs.
Missouri recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that its Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS) uses a data portal that connects graduates of educator preparation programs and student achievement data. Further, it is conducting a Student Growth Pilot Project, which is focused on outcomes measured by value-added as well as student-growth profiles. Data points from educator preparation programs will be used to determine effectiveness levels.
Missouri also pointed out that its MCDS effort will result in the development of an annual educator preparation report card, and that MCDS gives Missouri an opportunity to connect to data from teachers who have entered the work force through alternative routes. The annual report card will include these results as well.