Corrected: This news brief mischaracterized a new rating given by the National Council on Teacher Quality to a teacher education program it reviewed in a recent report. Temple University asked that its latest syllabuses for required reading courses be evaluated after its older materials received a failing grade, meaning it did not demonstrate that teacher-candidates were being taught about reading research. The council has also offered to conduct new evaluations for other colleges that have updated their syllabuses, and at least one program has made such a request, according to NCTQ President Kate Walsh. Only one school has been rescored from the original study.
The National Council on Teacher Quality will revise another score in its review of teacher education programs, and has offered to reanalyze data from other institutions that received failing grades in the study. (“Teacher Ed. Faulted on Reading Preparation,” June 7, 2006.)
The Washington-based organization reviewed syllabuses and textbooks of required reading courses for 72 education programs.
The council revised the report in June after acknowledging that it had overlooked a required course for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. The school received an “unclear” rating instead of the original failing grade. Now the council notes on its Web site that education schools can submit more recent syllabuses and other information for a reanalysis.
A version of this article appeared in the August 30, 2006 edition of Education Week