Dean Snyder Comments on Teacher Education Ratings

On Tuesday June 18, U.S. News and World Report published rankings of university-based teacher education programs with each program receiving a grade on a four-point scale. The grade was based upon information collected by the National Center for Teaching Quality (NCTQ). Based in Washington DC, according to their website, “The National Council on Teacher Quality was founded in 2000 to provide an alternative national voice to existing teacher organizations.”  As anticipated, NCTQ has pronounced that colleges of education are an “industry of mediocrity.” Bank Street did not receive an overall ranking but did receive a ranking in three of NCTQ’s 18 standards. We received two stars (out of four) on our selection criteria (because we do not require our applicants to take the Graduate Record Examinations test); and zero stars on “Common Core Elementary Mathematics” and “Common Core Elementary Content.” All ratings were based on a review of publicly available syllabi and similar documents. In our case, to the best of our knowledge, the review did not include syllabi, but rather course descriptions in our catalog and no knowledge of the extensive undergraduate transcript review the state and the college require — that address the Common Core standard for which we received zero stars.
I have to admit I find mind boggling the notion that it is a good idea to rank the preparation of the adults who are entrusted with the care of those we love most (our children) as well as the future of our democracy in the same manner as we rank restaurants and hotels.

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