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Monday, 26 November 2012 15:39
 

AACTE has long promoted a strong federal investment in educator preparation programs and commonsense measures of federal accountability. As Congress and the administration begin to consider proposals to reauthorize Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) have put forward a coherent and sustainable approach to educator preparation reform that is being widely embraced by the higher education and P-12 community.

The Educator Preparation Reform Act's (S. 3582/H.R. 6447) vision for the federal role in strengthening and holding accountable educator preparation is markedly different from proposals put forward by others in the education policy sphere. For example, the recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Education during negotiated rule making envisioned a nationwide rating system of preparation programs that would rely on graduates' value-added data as the primary factor in determining quality. Under this scheme, a program's rating would also determine student eligibility for federal financial aid in the form of TEACH grants. Another proposal, the "GREAT Act," introduced last year by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and included in the Senate HELP committee's recommendation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), would allow the creation of principal and teacher preparation academies that are not based at institutions of higher education and that would have virtually no requirements for how preparation would be provided. These academies would award certificates that the proposal would deem to be equivalent to a master's degree, even though the academies would not be obligated to meet the same standards as higher education providers.

Given the above proposals, AACTE worked to develop an alternative legislative vision for reauthorization of Title II of HEA. Research indicates that the most important school-based factors for improving student outcomes and turning around struggling schools are teacher quality and school leadership. The Educator Preparation Reform Act is grounded in this knowledge and promotes the preparation of teachers and leaders in strong programs with extensive clinical preparation at their core.

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