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Elementary Teacher-Prep Programs Are Getting Better, According to Study

On Thursday, the National Council on Teacher Quality released its review of 875 traditional undergraduate programs preparing elementary teachers in 396 public and 479 private colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The conclusion? Education schools still have work to do, but they are making needed improvements to the way they train teachers.

The council’s president, Kate Walsh, says the results of the latest review make her feel hopeful about the future of teacher preparation. “We are seeing signs of change,” she said. “Everyone told us that you can’t make higher ed change, they won’t listen to anyone, they’re intractable. Now we know that is not the case, and that makes us excited.”