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New Report Considers If Teachers Are Making The Grade

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-- A new state report finds how well your child does in school may depend on where the teacher went to college. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is training more teachers than any other college in the state.

Five hundred and forty students graduated from the College of Education in the 2010/2011 school year, but the Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs, commissioned by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, found that recent graduates are some of the least effective when it comes to positively impacting student achievement.

"These data are historical. We're looking at it in retrospect," College of Education Dean Lana Sievers explained. "They're based on the old program."

Sievers says the data is old news. The former State Education Commissioner was first charged with addressing concerns with MTSU's education program two years ago.

"We've eliminated some courses. We've completely revamped others," she said.

They're also strengthening partnerships with different university departments and school districts to allow students more intensive "hands on" experience. Like student-teaching opportunities at the Homer Pittard Campus School.

"They work with small groups of students," said Chontel Bridgeman, Principal of the Homer Pittard Campus School. "They teach them, and then they teach the whole class under the supervision of my teachers."

It will be years before the effects of the changes will be reflected on a report card.

"As time goes, our students will change so our teachers need to change," MTSU Senior Loretta Simmons said. "We don't need to do the same things they've done hundreds of years ago."

University leaders are certain each year the quality of their graduates will continue to improve.

Along with MTSU, Tennessee Tech was part of the list of schools the report found are producing less effective new teachers. Locally, Teach for America Nashville was found to produce some of the state's best.

Link to the Report: tn.gov/thec/Divisions/fttt/report_card.shtml.

 

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