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Teacher quality group rates Florida well in teacher preparations



Florida was one of four states to earn a B-minus grade -- no state did better -- in the National Council on Teacher Quality annual teacher policy handbook. The national average grade was D-plus.

The group gives the state highest marks for its preparation of middle and high school teachers, its assessment of teacher knowledge, student teaching and teacher preparation program accountability. Florida ranked lowest in its preparation programs for special education and elementary teachers.

State officials noted that Florida is slated to revise its elementary teacher preparation programs next year, including alignment with Common Core standards.

Of critical note, the NCTQ stated that Florida does not take steps to make sure candidates for teaching programs have a strong academic background:

"Florida should require programs to use an assessment that demonstrates that candidates are academically competitive with all peers, regardless of their intended profession. Requiring a common test normed to the general college population would allow for the selection of applicants in the top half of their class while also facilitating program comparison."

The group also recommends increasing the state's GPA requirement to enter an education program.

Read the full Florida report here. Does it jibe with your experiences?

[Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:23pm]


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