U. of Wisconsin Will Turn Over Syllabi to Group Seeking Teacher-Preparation Data

The National Council on Teacher Quality announced on Thursday that it had settled a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin system in a dispute stemming from the advocacy group’s controversial effort to rank teacher-preparation programs nationwide.

Wisconsin had said earlier that it would not participate in the project, and the group filed a lawsuit seeking access to course syllabi, saying the documents were subject to the state’s public-records law. Under the terms of the settlement, the system will turn over syllabi for core undergraduate education courses taught last year at the system’s universities, according to The Journal-Sentinel, a Milwaukee newspaper.

The system will also pay the group nearly $10,000 in damages and other costs, though that payment “is not an admission of liability or of a public-records-law violation,” the newspaper reported. The group agreed not to quote directly from any course syllabus, nor to identify specific departments, instructors, or courses in its review.

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