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Education Department: Plans for improving teacher-preparation programs

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Currently, teacher preparation programs are failing to produce derivatives of fidelity and plans so that public agencies can evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. A large majority of universities do not conduct further implementation after students' graduate from their programs.

President Obama is coordinating plans with the department Io education to draft policy to support states in articulating systems for measuring the effectiveness of programs while also providing institutions initiatives to assist the programs improve.

Annie Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, has communicated with the public that poor programs produce teachers that only hinder student success and add more excessive concerns that could have been remediated to schools not making adequate yearly process (AYP).

Duncan has also expressed his concern that teacher-prep programs provide little or no information about critical post program information such as if they have secured employment, impact on school success, retention and longevity rates, and summative performance ratings.

Teacher-preparation programs have been cited as lacking competency and skills that transfer over to real world teaching during the Obama Administration. Last several months experts that deliberate before the U.S. Senate's education committee denoted that teacher-training programs need reform.

In my opinion, the proposal is a step in the right direction, but evaluation criteria must be clearly delineated. Under the proposal, states would evaluate programs based on graduates' employment outcomes, the academic "growth" of their graduates' future students, and customer-satisfaction surveys.

High rated university and college teacher-preparation programs would be eligible for Teach Grants, which provide up to $4,000 a year to students who plan to work in teaching areas of high need. The changes will get more highly qualified and career ready preservice teachers in every classroom around the U.S.

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