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A proposal to postpone by one year the implementation of the tough new standards for colleges of education adopted this past summer by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education may be considered this week at a meeting of the council in Washington.

M. Stephen Lilly, dean of the college of education at Washington State University, last week drafted the proposal and sent it to members of the ncate executive committee for their consideration.

Under the council's "redesign," colleges of education scheduled for ncate site visits in 1986-87 and 1987-88 can choose to be examined using the old or new standards. In 1988-89, all colleges of education will be required to meet the more rigorous redesign standards.

Mr. Lilly has proposed that no site visits be conducted during the 1987-88 school year in order to allow ncate and colleges of education to prepare to implement the redesign.

Mr. Lilly said he is committed to developing the skills of the new ncate board of examiners "as completely as possible" and said he believes a year is required to train and prepare adequately the examiners who will be conducting the site visits.

"We want to have a fully functioning system when we pull the trigger," he said.

Seventeen model teacher-preparation programs have been selected as winners in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' first annual "showcase for excellence" awards program.

The program, sponsored by aascu and the Saga Corporation, with additional financial support from the American Can Company Foundation, honored the following institutions:

ors program to attract talented students to teaching; University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, for a program offering special help to new teachers by university and school personnel; Western Kentucky University, for a consortium on professional development for school personnel involving the college of education and 24 school districts; Western Oregon State College, for "guaranteeing" satisfactory first-year teaching performances by its graduates and providing help for those who do not measure up; Western Washington University, for the National Rural Development Institute, which developed a preservice curriculum for special-education teachers in rural areas.


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