State Board of Education identifies improvements in third annual educator preparation report card

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 15, 2019 at 12:55 PM

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Board of Education has released the annual Educator Preparation Report Card, a tool that takes a look at the profile of recent graduates, their placement and retention in Tennessee public school classrooms and growth scores, which provide information about teacher and leader preparation in the state.

This year, Christian Brothers University, Lipscomb University, the Memphis Teacher Residency, the New Teacher Project-Nashville Teaching Fellows, Teach for America-Memphis, Teach for America-Nashville, Union University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville received the highest score of a four overall. Many programs improved their ranking — Belmont University, King University, Maryville College, Milligan College, Tennessee Technological University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Western Governors University all moved from an overall score of two to three.

High demand teaching positions, including English as a Second Language, Spanish, special education, high school math and high school science, are critical shortage areas in many school districts across the state. Data from this year’s report said more recent graduates earned these high-demand endorsements. 

In 2018, nine education preparation providers improved their scores by one performance category based on overall performance. Twenty-six education preparation providers scored either a three or four, the highest scores for overall performance.

On the Educator Preparation Report Card this year, the board included more information about providers that prepare school leaders, and this year’s Report Card includes a spotlight on each provider’s literacy practices to support the state’s goals around the Read to be Ready campaign.

The State Board launched the redesigned Educator Preparation Report Card in 2016 with the goals of providing user-friendly information for local school districts, prospective teachers and educator preparation providers. 

Local districts can utilize the Report Card to inform student teaching and hiring decisions, prospective teachers can determine which preparation and university programs best fit their career goals and preparation providers use the information to identify areas of strength and weakness. 

To view the Educator Preparation Report Card, visit http://teacherprepreportcard.tn.gov. Additional information and previous versions are available http://www.tn.gov/sbe.

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