State Board of Education lays
foundation for teacher prep report card
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December 13, 2000
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Illinois State Board of Education, Governor George H. Ryan and the
state’s Board of Higher Education and Community Colleges Board are
working together on a new accountability measure for Illinois’ approved
teacher preparation institutions.
State Board today reviewed a report outlining a plan to create a
“Teacher Preparation Report Card” system. The Board is expected to
approve several recommendations and direct staff to continue working
closely with the state’s public and private teacher preparation
institutions to produce a high-quality report on teacher preparation in
“This project is another component of our mutual
efforts to continuously improve public education,” said State
Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee. “This particular element is
intended to ensure our colleges and universities are doing all they can to
prepare teachers for the classroom.”
II of the 1998 Amendments to the federal Higher Education Act requires a
three-tiered reporting system detailing the quality of teacher preparation
nationwide. The federal mandate coincides with the State Board’s High
Quality Educator Initiative to produce, attract, support and retain
excellent teachers in Illinois classrooms.
initiative is also linked to the state’s own accreditation process for
teacher preparation institutions, which are based on National Council for the Accreditation of
Teacher Education (NCATE) 2000 Standards.
“This is an important opportunity to collaborate
with those colleges, universities and schools responsible for training
educators to make sure we are giving all of our students an education that
is Second to None,” McGee
this accountability measure, teacher preparation institutions will
demonstrate continuous improvement and report their results to the public.
II calls for every institution that prepares teachers to submit specific
information about its programs and program results to the state and the
public. The first such report is due in April 2001.
state then must convey to the U.S. Department of Education and the public
the aggregate results of those reports by October 2001. The Secretary of
Education will use the state reports to develop a report to Congress on
the state of teacher preparation nationwide.
began on this project more than a year ago.
The State Board; Governor Ryan’s office; the Joint Education Committee comprising representatives of the State Board, Board of Higher Education; the Community College Board; an ad hoc task force including institutional and state agency staff; and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Teacher Quality have worked together on the initial planning of the process that will eventually produce a “report card” on teacher preparation.
of the most important jobs already completed was to set definitions for
“low performing” and “at risk” teacher preparation facilities.
institution will be considered “at risk” if the State Board places it
on probation, in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board
and the Board of Higher Education, using NCATE 2000 Standards.
assesses teacher preparation institutions on such items as the knowledge,
skills and dispositions of their teacher candidates; the school’s
assessment system and unit evaluations; the field experiences and clinical
practice the school provides teacher candidates; the institution’s
diversity, faculty qualifications, performance and development; and its
own governance and resources.
an institution will be considered “low performing” if it has been
declared “at risk” for three years without showing any signs of
improvement of stated weaknesses, as defined by the annual report that is
required by the NCATE 2000-aligned approval process.
State Board and the Teacher Certification Board will assign
“decertification notice” to any “low performing” institutions not
showing improvement of stated weaknesses after two years.
given such notice will immediately freeze recruitment and admissions of
teacher candidates; and pay another certified institution that is in good
standing to finish teaching the program for currently enrolled students.
Finally “decertified” institutions will also be required to stop all teacher preparation programs.