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(March 15, 2012, Washington, D.C.) – The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently published a six-page “policy memo” entitled What Teacher Preparation Programs Teach About K-12 Assessment. The paper analyzed “whether or not new teachers are being adequately prepared to join more experienced colleagues in their school’s data driven instruction initiatives.” Predictably, NCTQ determined that teachers are not being prepared to effectively use assessments and assessment data.