Common Core Drives Education Programs To Raise Standards

The US News & World Report (3/31) reports that the implementation of the Common Core standards has driven teacher prep programs to create new standards for incoming candidates. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation changed accreditation requirements for teaching programs last summer, “raising the bar for admission and mandating substantive clinical work.” Schools will also be required to “report annually on teacher effectiveness” by 2016. Additionally, 34 states and the District of Columbia worked with Stanford University and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to develop edTPA, a teacher assessment tool that some states are using for accreditation. The article notes that some teaching programs are following medical school models by creating residency programs.