Florida takes positive steps in evaluating teacher prep, Duncan says
Schools in the United States need to get out of their rut and get competitive internationally, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says. To do that, the nation's teacher and principal preparation programs must undergo "transformational change, not tinkering with the status quo" he recently told the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education:
"During the next three to five years, we could lose a third of veteran teachers and school leaders to retirement. The challenge to our schools is not just a looming teacher shortage, but rather a shortage of great teachers in the schools and communities where they are needed the most, and that have been historically underserved."
One positive effort pioneered in Louisiana is the rating of the effectiveness of teacher education programs, Duncan said. He praised Florida for joining that trend:
"I am pleased to see that Florida and Texas have now also moved toward tracking the impact of teacher preparation programs on student growth, along with several other states that are exploring Louisiana's program"
Read the entire speech and then let us know -- is the Obama administration on the right track for teacher training?