Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bogus bashing of schools of education: The NCTQ report

Stephen Krashen


"Have Millenials turned away from teaching profession?" (Cabinet Report, June 29, 2015) https://www.cabinetreport.com/human-resources/have-millenials-turned-away-from-teaching-profession) cites the report of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which concluded that Schools of Education were not doing a good job in preparing teachers.
The report is bogus: They evaluated Schools of Education on the basis of descriptions of courses and admission standards, not real-world results.
When we look at real-world results, American education and American teachers look very good: When researchers control for poverty, American students' international test scores rank near the top of the world.
Also, the products of our educational system do very well:  The U.S. economy is ranked as the sixth most innovative in the world out of 143, according to the 2014 Global Innovation Index, which is based in part on the availability of education, new patents and the publication of scientific and technical journal articles. The US scored 60.09, very close to top scorer Switzerland at 64.78, nearly identical to fourth and fifth ranked Finland (60.67) and the Netherlands (60.59), and far ahead of other very large economies.

NCTQ review: http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/findings/index.jsp
Control for poverty: Carnoy, M and Rothstein, R. 2013, What Do International Tests Really Show Us about U.S. Student Performance.
2014 Global Innovation Index:
https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/content.aspx?page=GII-Home

1 comment:

  1. Please respond: I have heard you repeatedly say "control for poverty" when you have talked about testing... But how do we control for poverty? Do we not count the low income student scores? What do you do to get at these poverty controlled numbers? I have always wondered that. Thanks so much for all you do!

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