Improving the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs

This Wednesday, Education Dive’s editor Autumn Arnett reported on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of finalized regulations for teacher preparation programs. The new regulations are designed to improve the quality — and increase the accountability — of teacher preparation programs nationwide.

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The new rules focus on quality training outcomes and improving information to better connect teacher preparation programs and the underserved schools that need these high-quality teachers most. In a press release, the department called this process essential to ensuring students have an effective teacher, “particularly in our highest-need communities,” since “we know that there is no more important in-school factor for student learning than having a great teacher.”

These reporting metrics are characteristic of the Obama administration’s education agenda, which has centered around equity. Arnett concludes by highlighting, “the idea of redirecting the most talent to the most disadvantaged areas to address some of the inequities in traditionally underresourced schools…ups the ante around another of the administration’s major priorities: accountability.”