Tennessee Makes the Grade With Teacher Prep Program Report Card

Report Card Day. If you’re like me, just hearing the name brings back memories of grade school and the carbon copy sheets of paper that would be handed out at the end of each marking period. While these report cards might not have always had the “A” that I wanted, they helped me, and my parents, better understand where I was doing well and where I needed a bit more help. Of course report cards aren’t only for students; schools, districts and states all receive annual reports detailing their performance. And now in Tennessee, future educators are excited to see a new kind of report card — one that rates the very teacher preparation programs that will prepare them for the classroom. Back in December, the Tennessee State Board of Education, with support from Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen, debuted their newly redesigned 2016 Teacher Preparation Report Card. Having served as the dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University, Commissioner McQueen knows firsthand that to improve student outcomes, the state needs to get better at preparing the state’s educators. Supporting the new Teacher Preparation Report Card is part of that effort. In March, the Department will follow-up the release of the Teacher Preparation Report Card with its own Annual Report that will allow preparation providers to focus on effective interventions to drive improved outcomes. These Annual Reports will also be used to determine ongoing approval for all providers. The Teacher...

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