November 24, 2009
Written by: Jessica Behnham
Texas' schools of education generally are doing a poor job of training prospective teachers, according to a preliminary study already drawing scorn from many college deans.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, a nonprofit research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., has graded each of the 67 college-based teacher training programs in Texas. The council is awaiting responses from more deans — most of whom have ignored its request — before publishing the report.
“We don't know for sure, but the preliminary ratings were not good,” said Kate Walsh, the council's president.
The education programs were graded largely on their standards for admission, their course requirements, the quality of faculty, and how well they prepare teachers in math and reading.