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Document Number: 8543

Evaluating the Fundamentals of Teacher Training Programs in Texas--Executive Summary - In the course of a two-year study of 67 education schools in Texas, much was learned about the policies at these institutions, as well as how these policies play out in practice, particularly in the coursework requirements that indicate whether a teacher has been adequately prepared. Among the findings: (1) The most consistent feature of teacher education in Texas is the lack of consistency; (2) Regulation and monitoring of education schools comes up short; (3) In spite of relatively strong regulatory policy the content preparation of Texas teachers is inadequate; (4) A high value is placed on "edu-tainment" at the expense of rigor and intellectual engagement; and (5) An inattention to output data suggets too little reflection on program improvement. (Julie Greenberg and Kate Walsh, National Council on Teacher Quality, April 2010)...


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