Opinion
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor

Teacher Ed. Study Piece Does Not Tell Full Story

January 31, 2012 2 min read

To the Editor:

I was gratified to see the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics, or TEDS-M, research reported in your Quality Counts report (“Teacher Training Has Key Role to Play,” Jan. 12, 2012). But while I agree with most of what the article says, I’m afraid it will cause some misunderstanding. Points important to emphasize include:

1) Teachers were not tested. Instead, data were collected from nationally representative samples of students in the last year of teacher education programs.

2) Instead of relying inappropriately on American or other existing tests, TEDS-M developed tests specifically for the 17 TEDS-M participating countries.

3) The article does not do justice to the organization of the study. William H. Schmidt of Michigan State University was very important as the TEDS-M national research coordinator for the United States. Still, he was but one of 17 such coordinators. He was mainly responsible for representing the United States in advising on design, collecting U.S. data, and producing a U.S. national report.

4) The international design, management, and reporting was primarily the work of others. Like the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), TEDS-M is an International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) study; it is not just a U.S. study.

Michigan State and the Australian Council for Educational Research, or ACER, were chosen by the IEA as the lead institutions with six co-directors (Teresa Tatto, Sharon Senk, and myself at Michigan State; Lawrence Ingvarson, Ray Peck, and Glenn Rowley at ACER) working with the 17 national research coordinators, the IEA secretariat in Amsterdam, and the IEA Data Processing Center in Hamburg.

5) As the IEA’s first teacher education study, its first in higher education, and the first international assessment of learning outcomes in all higher education based on national samples, TEDS-M paves the way for other international assessments in these domains.

6) Admittedly, in defense of the article, much remains to be reported, and the article is based largely on the U.S. national report. No international reports have been released. We expect four out this year.

Jack Schwille

Professor and Assistant Dean

International Studies in Education Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich.

The writer was a co-director and co-principal investigator for TEDS-M.

A version of this article appeared in the February 01, 2012 edition of Education Week as Teacher Ed. Study Piece Does Not Tell Full Story

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
Interactive Learning Best Practices: Creative Ways Interactive Displays Engage Students
Students and teachers alike struggle in our newly hybrid world where learning takes place partly on-site and partly online. Focus, engagement, and motivation have become big concerns in this transition. In this webinar, we will
Content provided by Samsung
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Educator-Driven EdTech Design: Help Shape the Future of Classroom Technology
Join us for a collaborative workshop where you will get a live demo of GoGuardian Teacher, including seamless new integrations with Google Classroom, and participate in an interactive design exercise building a feature based on
Content provided by GoGuardian
School & District Management Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table With Education Week: What Did We Learn About Schooling Models This Year?
After a year of living with the pandemic, what schooling models might we turn to as we look ahead to improve the student learning experience? Could year-round schooling be one of them? What about online

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Teaching Profession Nearly 9 in 10 Teachers Willing to Work in Schools Once Vaccinated, Survey Finds
Nearly half of educators who belong to the National Education Association have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
4 min read
Nurse Sara Muela, left, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to educator Rebecca Titus at a vaccination site setup for teachers and school staff at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading, Pa., on March 15, 2021.
Nurse Sara Muela, left, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to educator Rebecca Titus at a vaccination site set up for teachers and school staff in Reading, Pa., on March 15.
Matt Rourke/AP
Teaching Profession Q&A Nation's Top Teachers Discuss the Post-Pandemic Future of the Profession
Despite the difficulties this school year brought, the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award say they're hopeful.
11 min read
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
Courtesy of CCSSO
Teaching Profession Teachers Are Stressed Out, and It's Causing Some to Quit
Stress, more so than low pay, is the main reason public school teachers quit. And COVID-19 has increased the pressure.
7 min read
Image of exit doors.
pavel_balanenko/iStock/Getty
Teaching Profession Opinion Should Teachers Be Prioritized for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Not all states are moving teachers to the front of the vaccination line. Researchers discuss the implications for in-person learning.
6 min read
Teacher Lizbeth Osuna from Cooper Elementary receives the Moderna vaccine at a CPS vaccination site at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.
Chicago public school teacher Lizbeth Osuna receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a school vaccination site last week.
Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP