By Senior Analyst, Max Woolf
On June 17, 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is poised to release its second annual NCTQ Teacher Prep Review, an evaluation of colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. The purpose of this report is to serve as a consumer tool to provide a comparison and assessment of teacher training programs for aspiring teachers, parents and school districts. Eduventures has been critical of NCTQ’s approach and methodology from the beginning because it evaluates an incomplete list of inputs rather than program outputs, lacks an evidence-based approach, and in many cases does not rely on data provided by the institutions themselves.
For the past several years, Eduventures has worked closely with schools and colleges of education through our Schools of Education Knowledge Community and consulting practice. In partnerships with Deans and institutional leaders in educator preparation programs, Eduventures has provided data-driven decision support to assess and demonstrate outcomes from within the institution rather than from outside the institution.
Eduventures is currently working on a research initiative with the AJCU Education Conference, comprised of Deans, Chairs, and Directors within the 28 Jesuit Schools/Colleges of Education across the nation that will highlight unique attributes and outcomes associated with graduating from a Jesuit institution. It will also detail the lengths to which programs in the Conference have gone to articulate mission, revamp curriculum, and document outcomes in teacher preparation. This work will highlight the value and quality of the teacher preparation programs with the long-term goal of utilizing common outcome measures across the member institutions of the AJCU Education Conference.
In addition, Eduventures has developed a set of tools to support you to be prepared to respond to NCTQ’s report. These resources are designed to help you proactively respond to the release and educate key stakeholders at your institution about NCTQ and their ratings.