Study of Teacher Preparation Models Seriously Flawed

Mary Harrill-McClellan,
or 202.478.4596

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2009). The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), after reviewing analyses of several research experts (see next page), indicated today its disappointment with a recent study of models of teacher preparation. Entitled “An Evaluation of Teachers Trained Through Different Routes to Certification,” the report of the study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., was released on February 9, 2009. It attempted to compare the impact of alternatively certified teachers with that of traditionally certified teachers. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the effort extended over a 5 and ½-year period and cost $9 million.