Belatedly the report decrying teacher unpreparedness has been published… A group called The National Council on Teacher Quality is behind the report.

They wanted to shake things up. Their ringing statement: “A vast majority of teacher preparation programs do not give aspiring teachers adequate return on their investment of time and tuition dollars,” the report said.

How was this determined?

The council identified 18 standards for teacher preparation programs, such as instructing would-be educators how to implement Common Core State Standards… (Common Core was first implemented as a test in Delaware classes this year; as reported here, the results are disappointing).

The group spent eight years narrowing the standards and did 10 pilot studies…In all, the report looked at 1,130 teacher preparation programs..

To reach their conclusions, the investigators requested tomes of information from education programs, such as admission requirements, course syllabi, textbooks and graduate surveys.

Only 114 institutions chose to cooperate with the review. About 700 institutions objected in letters to council’s partner, U.S. News & World Report, to the council’s methodology…

WHOA! A report condemning America’s teachers profession was dissed seven to one by those people who know best how to educate teachers. Seven to One! Their problem was the council’s methodology…. By a ratio of Seven to One, Americas colleges and universities, said this was bunk, in more polite terms, mind you…

Seven to one… So what was this methodology that was panned so?

At schools that did not cooperate, investigators asked students, book stores and professors to share their course documents, reading lists and policies. In some cases, the council filed lawsuits to collect those documents…
The researchers spent an average of 40 hours in grading each education program…..

Since the review was announced, the council faced persistent skepticism and strong opposition. (Polite phrases for ridicule.) Here is what Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell was quoted in reference to this widely panned survey. “We have to attract the best candidates” It’s an idea the council has applauded and suggests other states should consider.

If one reads the article this came in, one comes up with the conclusion that teaching how to teach Common Core, was the decider in fixing this report. The criteria used in this survey of students, professors, and schools, was how well were you prepared to teach Common Core? Well, Common Core wasn’t even invented last year. So everybody, both brand new and old teachers, were unprepared to teach it…

This is the equivalent of asking if you were prepared for the ending of Superman, even though you hadn’t seen it yet. Then saying, the trailer was a failure, because surveys said viewers weren’t prepared… It is all about achieving the headline.. In this case, “Viewers Unprepared For Ending.” In real life; U.S. teacher training an “industry of mediocrity” Forget the truthfulness of the study; give is the headline seems to be the mantra.

The article itself collaborates this: “The report, which drew immediate criticism, was designed to be provocative “

As further proof of the fluff involved in this article is this statement by the group that compiled this report. 239,000 teachers are trained each year and 98,000 are hired The implication this wishes to carry is that the majority are too incompetent to get jobs. The contrary is true. Budget cutbacks have cut the number of jobs available. Those graduating this May, did freshman orientation when George W. Bush was president. In fact, McCain was ahead of Obama as orientation ended… As most of you may remember, things looked very different in the teaching field back then.. Are we to assume that with 2.3 candidates for every position open this season, we aren’t choosing the best teachers we have available? Who interviews 10 teachers and then hires the worst ones? There appears to be nothing wrong with our teachers except they are not sold on today’s No-Child-Behind-Failure called Common Core.

Addendum: This is the trivia section… titled other examples

— Only a quarter of education programs limit admission to students in the top half of their high school class…. (In fall of 2012 26 million students went off to college. The output of teachers is 239,000 (actually employed 98,000), making teachers only 4.5% of an average 5 year college class. Which means teachers will now have to siphon off doctors, lawyers, business majors, and all others entering college above a mark of a B intent on pursuing careers that pay 10 times a year more than a teachers salary, to be treated like dirt.) A mathmatically impossibility

— 3-out-of-4 teacher training programs do not train potential educators how to teach reading based on the latest research. Instead, future teachers are left to develop their own methods. The “latest research” was debunked here

— Fewer than 1-in-9 programs for elementary educators are preparing students to teach Common Core State Standards, the achievement benchmarks for math and reading that have been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia. For programs preparing high school teachers, that rate is roughly a third of programs.****

— Only 7 percent of programs ensure student teachers are partnered with effective classroom teachers. Most often, a student teacher is placed into a classroom where a teacher is willing to have them, regardless of experience.

— When asked how much experience they have, the most common answer from teachers is one year. First-year teachers reach around 1.5 million students.

This is why SB51 was rushed through. The “real” evidence supports its opposite…

Every Delawarean should be clamoring. We want better schools. Give teachers the support they need to do their jobs.

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