Bully politics: National Council on Teacher Quality

Interesting article from truthout:

NCTQ has released one report on student teaching, and is poised to release a self-proclaimed national review of teacher preparation programs in the fall of 2012.

How, then, is this bully politics?

In both reports, NCTQ contacts departments and colleges of education with a simple but blunt request: Cooperate with us or we’ll evaluate you however we can, and publish our report regardless. These requests demand extensive data from the departments and colleges, and then subject these programs to standards and expectations designed by NCTQ completely decontextualized from the departments and colleges being “evaluated” against those standards. In other words, the basis for NCTQ’s evaluations have not been vetted by anyone for being credible. A department or college could very well be rated high or low and that rating mean little since the department or college may or may not consider the criteria of any value.

Beware of education think tanks hiding amongst the skirts of the news media. Media coverage of their reports and recommendations lend weight and validity where there is none.

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