A national advocacy group blasted the quality of teacher-training programs — including those in Washington state — calling them “an industry of mediocrity” that turns out teachers ill-prepared for their first year in the classroom.
The deans of several Washington colleges of education agreed that the U.S. must do better. But they questioned the rankings’ reliance on course syllabi, curricula and textbooks to parse teacher-prep quality and called the analysis flawed.
The review, issued Tuesday by the nonprofitNational Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and published on the website of U.S. News & World Report, is a first-ever attempt to single out colleges and universities that do a good job of teacher training.
“We believe teacher education, as an enterprise, needs to improve,” said Tom Stritikus, dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington, but he said the report is limited in its usefulness because it relies on what he described as “one big data point.”