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         FORIMMEDIATE
                   RELEASE                                                           Forinterviews,       Lisa
                                                                                                   contact: Johnson    Kiefer
                                                                                            202-47 8-4502 lkiefer@aacte.orq
                                                                                                          or
         (June 18, 2013,Washington,D.C.)- The National  Councilon Teacher Quality(NCTO)released reviewof the nation's
                                                                                                 a
         education schools                          splashand garnering
                          today,makingthe anticipated                    heavymediaattention with its shockfactor.Whilethe
         results generating
                are          headlines, review- like most of NCTQ'swork - is misleading,
                                      this                                               unreliable and an effortto promote
                      agendaratherthan a genuineeffortto informthe publicand improve
         an ideological                                                             teacherpreparation.


                                      and failsto provideusefulinformation drivemeaningful
         The reportraisesmany questions                                  to                        The
                                                                                         improvement. following
         pointssummarize chiefconcerns AACTEand its memberinstitutions:
                         the            of

         . This reviewdelivers predictable
                              a                                       that       seeksto undermine
                                         slam from NCTQ,an organization constantly               higher
           education-based teacherpreparation.

            . NCTQ'sclaimsof objectivity false.As DianeRavitch
                                       are                    revealedlastyeal NCTQwas startedby the Thomas
              B. FordhamFoundation a new entityto promotealternative
                                  "as                                           and to breakthe power of the
                                                                    certification
                               although
               hateded schools,"                                         with its founders.
                                       NCTQclaimsit is no longeraffiliated                       the
                                                                                          Despite factsshowing
               otherwise,
                        NCTQbelieves competition the best bet for improving
                                               is                          teacher  preparation.

            . Consistent with its stanceon similarprofessional       NCTQsupports GrowinqEducation
                                                               issues,               the                   Achievement
              Traininq             for
                      Academies Teachers                      (GREAT)
                                                 and Principals        Act. Althoughresearch             practices
                                                                                             and effective       show
              that comprehensive   preparation content-specific
                                                in               pedagogical           teaching
                                                                             strategies,       diverselearners,and
              rigorousclinical              are           to
                              experiences essential developing       effective new teachers, GREATAct wouldrequire
                                                                                           the
              noneof thesefeatures    and, in fact,would lowerstandards fundedproviders.
                                                                       for

         r This reviewis basedon a reviewof documents                     participation fragmented
                                                     with such inconsistent           and        inputsthat it
           wouldnot be published a credible,
                                by           professional
                                                        research organization.

            . WhileNCTQevaluated ,130 institutions variousconfigurations its standards, reportstatesthat only
                                   1             on                    of             the
              10 percent institutions participated.
                       of           fully

            . The fine print in the report'sProgramRatingssection(p. 13) statesthat elementaryprogramratingswere
              basedon five key "standards," secondary
                                              and           program ratingswere basedon threekey "areas."  NCTQdoes
              not explainhow these standards    were selectedor how heavilyeach weighed in the review.Yet NCTQ went as
              far as to label163 programs   with a "ConsumerAlert"as a warningto parents,prospective teachercandidates
               and schooldistricts.

            . On that same Program  Ratingspage,a graphshowsthat NCTQwas only ableto obtainenoughinformation
              on classroom management evaluate percent the 1,130programs.
                                       to         36        of                Despite this low numberand the
              unclear natureof how standards                        NCTQconcludes
                                            were appliedand weighted,             that the teacherpreparation
               profession becoming"an industryof mediocrity,
                         is                                churningout first-yearteacherswith classroom
               management   skillsand contentknowledge         to                       (p.
                                                     inadequate thrivein classrooms..." 1).

            o The Americanlnstitutes Research
                                   for        (AlR)has notedthe shortcomings usingdocument
                                                                             of              reviews to
              measureteacherpreparationprogrameffectiveness. its 2012 Evaluatinq Effectiveness Teacher
                                                            In                  the            of
                                                                  AIR                     with using process
                        Proqramsfor Supporland Accountabilitweport, lists severalchallenges
              Preparation
               measuresto evaluateteacherpreparationprograms:
                                                            The researchbase of a documentrevlewis not robust




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                                        for
              enoughto buildassessment accountability   basedon processmeasures; processmeasures not always
                                                                                                   do
              accuratelycapturewhat actuallyhappensin preparationprograms;and processdata requirecomplex
              qualitative
                        measures                               acrossprograms.
                                that are difficult scorereliably
                                                 to

                                                                                       job
            . Even NCTQ'sown auditpanelrecognized its reportthat NCTQ must do a better of "clearly
                                                     in                                            and
              exhaustively          methodology what findings and do not mean."The auditpanelalso questioned
                           explaining            and            do
              the validity usingcoursesyllabito determine effectiveness a program,
                         of                             the              of                  that NCTQmust
                                                                                    suggesting
              improveits methodof "studyinghow accuratelyreadingsyllabireflects actualcontent classroom
                                                                              the           of
              instruction."

        ' This reviewis a publicrelations
                                        campaign. does not seekto improveteacherpreparation, is it a helpful
                                                 lt                                        nor             or
                 guidefor
          reliable         parents,prospective
                                             teachercandidatesand the public.

            . NCTQ promotes the publicthat its goal is to help improve
                              to                                      teacherpreparation. NCTQoutright
                                                                                        Yet              refusesto
              make rubrics         publicly individually institutions showwhere programs and did not meet
                           available        or            to         to                    did
              standards. does,however,
                        lt                make recommendations policymakerson how they shouldregulate
                                                                 to
              preparationprograms. NCTQ'sgoalwas to help improve
                                   lf                               teacherpreparatlon,rubricsshouldbe released
                                                                                                              so
              that programs couldutilizethat information.

           . In the "NextSteps"for prospective currentstudents,
                                               and                NCTQ'srecommendations self-promoting,
                                                                                          are              public
             relationssteps intendedto furtherpromotethe review- not to improveteacherpreparation futureteachers.
                                                                                                for

        "AACTEis focusedlikea laseron targets changein educator
                                             for                 preparation,        the       to
                                                                            including ability analyze   teacher
                  lmpacton PK-12studentachievement," SharonP. Robinson,
        candidates'                                   said                   Ed.D.,presidentand CEO of AACTE."We
        are evaluating
                     teachercandidates'classroom          in        fashlonthroughedTPA,
                                                 readiness a rigorous                      and we are deepening
        partnerships the PK-12community enrichclinical
                    with                   to             development enhancestudentlearning.
                                                                      and                         Despiteeffortssuch
                                              we              to        on
        as NCTQ'sto distract from our agenda, are committed focusing what research
                           us                                                            has shownto mattermost."

                                        resoonse the NCTQ reviewof the nation's
        For moreinformation AACTEmembers'
                          on                   to                                            visit
                                                                                      schools.
                                                                              education
        www.aacte.org.

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        AACTE:Serving Learners
        The American Association Colleges Teacher
                                 of         for       Education a national
                                                              is          alliance educator
                                                                                  of         preparationprograms
        dedicated the
                  to   highest qualityprofessional         of
                                                 development teachers  and schoolleadersin orderto enhancePK-12
        studentlearning.                   holding
                        The 800 institutions      AACTEmembership   representpublicand privatecollegesand universities
                                                                                                                     in
        everystate,the District Columbia, Virginlslands,
                              of          the            PuertoRicoand Guam.AACTE'sreachand influence      fuelsits
        mission serving
               of        learners providing schoolpersonnel
                                 by          all              with superior
                                                                          trainingand continuingeducation.


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