UK Makes "Honor Roll" In Controversial Teacher Prep Survey

Jun 19, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Louisville can boast of making the “Honor Roll” in a first-ever national survey of teacher-training programs released Tuesday. Yet officials are calling the overall results “dismal.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Teacher Prep Review, conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality, says that few teacher-training programs across the country are delivering acceptable levels of training. Kate Walsh, president of the Teacher Quality Council, says many others, however, are leaving their trainees ill-equipped to teach in the nation’s schools.

The Council is an advocacy group that has pushed for reforms since 2000, but its report is not without its detractors. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is among those questioning the methodology used in the survey, calling it a “gimmick.”