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NCTQ Translates Review Into ‘Consumer Guide’ for Prospective Teachers

In an apparent attempt to expand its reach beyond that provided by the partnership with U.S. News & World Report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) today unveiled a new interactive web site aimed at helping prospective teachers select a preparation program based on the ratings developed in NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review.

The new web site, Path to Teach, translates the standards used in NCTQ’s Review into an at-a-glance scorecard for programs throughout the country.

While many teacher preparation programs dispute their ratings in the Review, NCTQ is undeterred in its attempt to be an arbiter of program quality for teacher preparation.

With the 2016 Review already under way, institutions should be prepared to examine their program’s rating and determine whether a response is necessary. Remember that AACTE has compiled a variety of resources with forthcoming updates to assist members in developing their response to the Review, and we will continue to provide members with new information as it becomes available.


Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE

Comments (3)

  • Roxana Marachi


    Thank you for this update. The following collection includes articles about previous NCTQ “Teacher Prep Reviews” with critiques of methods, procedures, and practices of the organization. NCTQ and the reports they have produced have been widely discredited due to (egregious) failures to meet basic standards for evaluation research: http://bit.ly/res_eval.


  • Sara Davis


    I hope everyone who is the least bit interested in this information checks it out. It simply does not give a complete picture and in some cases is absolutely false. I don’t think it does anyone any favors.


  • Gloria Pelaez


    There should be a panel discussion about the ethics of program ratings at AACTE’s next conference. Many of these ratings are completely false. Every member institution should check their ratings. Disgusting.


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