"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Dummying down" Teacher Education

Here is the new " comprehensive report" from the "expert panel" put together by NCATE and the corporate foundations.  I am reading it now, but here is the bottom line of the bottom line
Measures of Effectiveness 

Current Teacher Ed Model: Programs are not always held to same standards by state departments of education; variability of standards and licensure requirements among states. 
 The New Model: All programs held to same standards; data-driven accountability based on measures of candidate performance and student achievement, including gains in standardized test scores. Data drives reform and continuous improvement (p. 12).
In other words, teacher education will now be judged by test scores, like everything else in the K12 universe.  More later. 

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