Obama Budget Calls for Changes in How Teacher-Preparation Programs Are Measured

The Obama administration’s fiscal-2012 budget request has provisions that seek to make  reporting requirements for teacher-education programs leaner and more useful, Education Week reports. One proposal, the $185-million Presidential Teaching Fellows grant program, would provide states with scholarship money for strong teacher candidates in exchange for better reporting to help determine which teacher-education programs are successful. The administration would also like to see three measures added to current reporting as it eliminates others: how much students learn from teacher candidates, how well the candidates are rated by employers, and where candidates find jobs and how long they stay there.
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