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NEA on the Department’s Teacher Preparation Regulations

NEA’s Becky Pringle: We need to support teachers and the profession


WASHINGTON - November 25, 2014 -

The U.S. Department of Education released regulations today related to teacher preparation program accountability.

National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle reiterated NEA’s commitment to transforming the profession and ensuring student success:

“For the past few years, NEA has been working diligently to support the profession of teaching by looking at new and different ways that we, as educators, can increase our responsibility, improve learning conditions and ensure that every new teacher is profession ready from day one on the job. 

“We know that too many teachers are saying they are unprepared for the realities of the classroom and that teacher preparation, licensure, and induction standards must improve.  We appreciate that the Department recognizes that the focus for decision-making for teacher preparation program improvement should be at the state-level and that all stakeholders, including faculty, must be engaged. Using teacher retention data, surveying graduates and principals and specialized accreditation are positive measures.  The Department recognized the importance of content, pedagogy, and clinical experiences and the regulations are aligned to CAEP standards, which NEA helped develop.

“The NEA is troubled by the inappropriate use of student test scores in any teacher preparation accountability system. We need to be sure policy supports improvements in teacher preparation and provides the necessary resources to help programs meet high standards. We are opposed to the use of flawed tests and value-added measures to make high stakes decisions about students, teachers, or teacher preparation.

“Educators know that real accountability in public education and in teacher preparation requires all stakeholders to place student needs at the center of all efforts. Real accountability in public schools requires that everyone partner in accepting responsibility for improving student learning.”  

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

 

CONTACT: Celeste Busser, 202-262-0589, cfbusser@nea.org