Dear NYSCEC Member,
I am writing to keep you in the loop with the latest development related to the new US Department of Education teacher preparation regulations released October 12, 2016. They are almost 700 pages long, so get your favorite beverage before sitting down to ready them. So far I read up to page 345. Below is information from a communication I received by Dr. Jane West.
The issuance of these regulations is a demarcation line in the five-year effort of the Obama Administration to create a rating system for all 26,000 teacher preparation programs and link the ratings to access to student financial aid.
The basic structure of the regulation remains unchanged, e.g. every state must create a rating system, to be administered annually, based on required measures and access to TEACH grants will be controlled based on the rating of the program. Tweaks to the proposal have been made including:
- allowing states to create their own learning outcome measures that are “relevant, but not necessarily directly tied, to student achievement or educator evaluation results”
- more detail on how the regulation applies to distance education programs
- elimination of requiring alternate route programs to utilize placement rates as an outcome measure since people in those programs are already placed
- removal of high entry bar to programs but a requirement for a high exit bar
Early responses to the regulation include the following:
"The flawed framework remains the same.” It is “ludicrous to propose evaluating teacher preparation programs based on the performance of the students taught by a program’s graduates.”
Randi Weingarten, AFT
“…pleased the department listened to feedback and make these regulations stronger.”
Chris Minnich, Council of Chief State School Officers
Impressed with how much the department kept its original intent “which was to insert far greater accountability for program quality….I told people they would never see the light of day. I’m happy to be wrong.”
Kate Walsh, National Council of Chief State School Officers
"It should be noted that this rule makes the unprecedented move to link eligibility to student financial aid to yet-to-be-designed state rating systems.”
Sharon P. Robinson, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Read the regulation here: http://www2.ed.gov/documents/teaching/teacher-prep-final-regs.pdf
The Department of Education’s press release here: http://www.ed.gov/teacherprep?src=teachprep-pr
AACTE statement: http://aacte.org/news-room/press-releases-statements/517-aacte-urges-scrutiny-of-final-version-of-federal-regulations-for-teacher-preparation-programs
Attached is a letter from 28 stakeholder organizations reflecting concerns and intention for continued advocacy regarding the teacher preparation regulations. This is a remarkably broad coalition, as you will see, including the National Governors Association, the National Council of State Legislators, both teacher unions and more. This reflects the broad and deep concern about both the efficacy of these regulations and the capacity to proceed with implementation.
I am writing to encourage NYSCEC members to read the letter and if inclined tweet about it and share it broadly with networks you have affiliation.
For those whose Deans are members of AACTE, they have access to their offerings, which include a webinar on the regulations offered on Monday, Oct. 25 or Tuesday, Oct. 26. We can encourage folks to sign up to learn more about what is in these complex regulations. http://aacte.org/professional-development-and-events/webinars/eventdetail/75/-/-?rp_id=75
NYS CEC CAN Coordinator