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AACTE Releases Data Report on State of Teacher Preparation Print E-mail

AACTE today released The Changing Teacher Preparation Profession: A Report from AACTE's Professional Education Data System (PEDS) at a National Press Club briefing in Washington, D.C. The report unveils findings from the most recent AACTE PEDS data collection, offering a current look at progress and challenges in higher-education-based teacher preparation. Key topics addressed include the selectivity of programs, data on the impact of graduates on PK-12 student performance, teacher shortage areas, workforce diversity, and more.

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A special message and thank you from AACTE President and CEO Sharon Robinson.

Reactions from national education leaders

"High-quality teachers are essential to developing a comprehensive digital learning strategy and rethinking education. I am pleased to see that so many teacher preparation programs are integrating technology into instructional practice. This report from AACTE's PEDS database provides us data to benchmark where we are and the steps we need to take to ensure that new teachers are ready to teach today's digital learners."

– Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia

"AACTE's new report, filled with compelling evidence and exemplars, offers an authoritative antidote to many of the current myths about teacher education. More talent is entering our nation's teacher preparation programs and more is being done to make sure they are learning how to teach, not in the ivory tower, but in the schools where they will be teaching. It is time for education schools to recruit and prepare more of those teachers needed in our high need schools; but it is also time for policymakers to create the conditions for them to do so."

– Barnett Berry, founding partner and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality

"I recommend this report to our members as I believe it provides valuable information and recommendations about teacher preparation.

"The report notes that higher education continues to prepare the majority (88%) of new candidates for initial teacher certification. Thus if change is going to occur in how educators are prepared, the authors correctly observe that improved investments in higher education must be made to address chronic teacher shortages as well as to recruit and retain a diverse pool of teacher educator candidates and to expand clinical preparation.

"It is important to recognize that our teacher preparation programs are attracting bright individuals: the GPAs of teacher education candidates exceed program requirements. So it is essential to recruit more of these good students into math and science as well as teaching English as a second language and special education. Preparing a greater number of teachers who reflect the changing demographic make-up of K-12 students should also be a priority."

– Muriel A. Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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