Educators are criticizing a newly released, corporate-funded study that labels teacher preparation programs in the United States – and especially those in California – as failing.
The Teacher Prep Review released by the National Council on Teacher Quality claims the study is an unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers.
Critics of the report, including Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, a nationally recognized education expert, have noted that the "comprehensive" report is "nonsense," nothing but a paper review of course descriptions and has nothing to do with the quality of the programs.
Theresa Montaño, a California State University professor, makes the case that the report hits California's teacher preparation programs for the very thing that helps build a strong teaching force: educating a diverse workforce and sensitizing them to the challenges of today's multi-ethnic classroom.
Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson told L.A Times reporter Howard Blume that "It's disappointing that this report applied a one-size-fits-all checklist. Those who are serious about examining the quality of teacher preparation efforts will have to look elsewhere for more reliable and useful information."