The U.S. Department of Education (USED) this week issued a long-awaited set of federal regulations governing teacher-preparation programs, the programs that prepare new K-12 teachers. The USED labelled the effort part of a broader push to improve teacher quality and readiness.
According to the Washington Post, the rules “require each state to issue annual ratings for teacher-prep programs” in an effort to provide “a snapshot of how novice educators perform after graduation, offering prospective teachers and school district recruiters a more accurate picture of which programs are successful at producing strong educators and which are not.” The new requirements apply to both traditional programs based at colleges and universities and alternative-certification routes, such as Teach for America. Continue reading USED Releases Teacher Prep Program Regulations
This is the fifth in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
One big change under the ESSA, is the elimination of the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements from NCLB.
Additionally, under ESSA, there are no mandated teacher evaluation requirements that would tie student test results to those evaluations, a big switch from the waivers under which Wisconsin has been operating. (Under the ESSA, those waivers become void on August 1, 2016, as was noted in a previous post.)
Note: The absence of federal provisions mandating teacher evaluation through student test scores will likely have little impact on Wisconsin as we have adopted state statutory language (see section 115.415 , Wis. Statutes–Educator Effectiveness) under which “fifty percent of the total evaluation score assigned to a teacher or principal shall be based upon measures of student performance, including performance on state assessments, district-wide assessments, student learning objectives, school-wide reading at the elementary and middle-school levels, and graduation rates at the high school level.”
Continue reading How the ESSA Affects Teacher Training, Professional Development and Evaluation