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Responses to 2013 NCTQ-U.S. News & World Report Review Print E-mail

National and State Organizations' Responses

Deans', Professors' and Students' Responses

Dwight Watson, dean of the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Education, deemed the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Prep Review as “problematic” for not making use of the program information it requested. Instead, the review surveyed a different UNI teacher preparation program.“We’re concerned about the shoddiness of the report overall,” said Watson… He is concerned that NCTQ may have relied heavily on UNI’s website to rate the special education preparation program, possibly misinterpreting much of what was found.
- WCF Courier. June, 19, 2013.

But instead of lauding the top rating, the University of California criticized the report's methods. Amanda Datnow chairs UC San Diego’s education studies department... The rankings excluded the school’s program for elementary school teachers, she said, even though the school submitted the same documentation for each of it's teacher preparation programs. “Some of the strengths of our programs – both programs - including the preparation of teachers to teach English language learners and serve diverse students don’t show up in those rankings," she said. "So it’s a bit mystifying how those results were produced.”
- KPBS San Diego. June 19, 2013.

Ed Scantling, Dean of University of Nebraska Kearney, says a team of seven examiners spend a week sitting in on classes, shadowing student teachers, interviewing principals about the quality of student teachers and reviewing materials before awarding the standing. The Teacher Prep Review did none of this. "I would like people to judge us on is the 20,000 teachers we've prepared over the last 100 years. You know, how are those teachers doing in your schools," said Scantling.
- KHASTV Nebraska. June 19, 2013.

"We believe that the analysis of Mansfield's elementary teacher education program was incomplete and included noteworthy inaccuracies," said Provost Peter Keller. "Mansfield is preparing a detailed response for NCTQ that points to evidence of quality and program strengths that were overlooked in its evaluation. Moreover, we have general concerns about the validity of the NCTQ methodology. Many US educators find NCTQ evaluation methodologies flawed."
- Mansfield University News. June 19, 2103.

"What's going to help us is seeing what our students do once they're in a classroom, how much their students are learning, and how much the graduates of our programs are contributing to learning," said Bill McDiarmid, Dean of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's education school, said. "I don't want to be defensive -- I'm concerned about what's the data that will help us do a better job, but reports like this don't really help."
- The Washington Post. June 18, 2013.

Randy Hitz, dean of the graduate school of education at PSU, dismissed the findings as baseless. "They are a self-appointed group, and their standards mean nothing to me. Where did they get their information about Portland State? We didn’t give them anything. I don’t know upon what basis they have anything to say about Portland State.
- The Oregonian. June 18, 2013.

“I’m having a hard time understanding how you can judge this institution’s education programs when the only thing you have ever asked me for is syllabi,” said LaTisha Smith, dean of Harris-Stowe State University said. “That’s like my saying can you send me five pictures of your kids and maybe some awards they've won and I’ll make all sorts of judgments about your family, without ever talking to them or talking to your neighbors. I’m still taken aback by this process.”
- St. Louis Beacon. June 18, 2013.

"The biggest issue is that the report largely reports on the inputs instead of the outcomes,” said Dan Mahony, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State. “Our proof is always in the quality of our graduates, which this report ignores completely."
- Journal Sentinel. June 18, 2013.

Tiffany Hunter, dean of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s education school, said the council mistakenly rated the Jacksonville college on an elementary education program, which she said FSCJ has never had. Despite that, FSCJ received two stars for teaching student outcomes and one star for teaching student assessment and data. Hunter said she sent a rebuttal on Monday, asking how the council could rate the program even though it doesn't exist.
- The Florida Times-Union. June 18, 2013.

"We completely disagree with the assessment and the ranking,” said Perry Schoon, Illinois State University’s dean of the College of Education, who is troubled by how the ratings were determined. The university was given a narrow range of questions to answer, and from that the survey authors drew sweeping conclusions, he said. “We welcome scrutiny; it just has to be credible scrutiny.”
- The Pantagraph. June 18, 2013.

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