Saturday, September 25

Who will be the teachers?

One of the recommendations of American Federation of Teachers in Raising the Bar: Aligning and Elevating Teacher Preparation and the Profession raises the selectivity of teacher education candidates. National Council on Teacher Quality reports:

Aspiring teachers would have to earn a 3.0 college GPA and either an 1100 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT to get in. If this recommendation were implemented, it would put the US on a par with high-performing countries that draw their teachers from the top-third of the college-going population. Just to put this goal in perspective: our research for the Review has shown that only 20 percent of teacher preparation programs ensure that they are drawing candidates from the top half of the college-going population.

In Kansas the average ACT score is 21.9; nationally it is 21.1.

For Kansas, a composite ACT score of 24 — what AFT is recommending for entry to the teaching profession — is at the seventy-first percentile. This means that only 29 percent of Kansans taking the ACT would be qualified to enter teacher training programs.