Teacher quality report issued; Kansas needs improvement

National Council on Teacher Quality has released its new edition of its State Teacher Policy Yearbook. Kansas doesn’t do well.

Kansas earned a grade of D+, the same as the previous year. That’s also the average state grade.

Under the heading “Critical Attention” the report states “Kansas does not ensure that teacher preparation programs admit candidates with strong academic records.” Also in this category: “Kansas does not ensure that new elementary teachers are ready to teach to the Common Core Standards” and “Kansas does not hold its teacher preparation programs accountable for the effectiveness of the teachers they produce.”

There is some good news: “Kansas is on track to ensure that new middle school teachers will be prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.”

The full report for Kansas is at Improving Teacher Preparation in Kansas.

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