Episode 24: Strengthening and Diversifying the Teacher Workforce ft. Kate Walsh

Mar 13, 2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest for this episode is Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). We discuss the NCTQ's surprising findings in their recent report, A Fair Chance: Simple Steps to Strengthen and Diversify the Teacher Workforce. They found that the first-time pass rate for elementary teacher content exams is abysmally low: only 46 percent of candidates passed on their first try. We discuss possible explanations for the low pass rates as well as their effect on teacher diversity. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/24_-_Education_Post_-_Walsh_on_Diversiy_in_Teaching.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="“Everybody’s trying to protect higher ed from being embarassed. This is a consumer protection issue: people who want to study to be a teacher have a right to this information and it’s being withheld.” – Kate Walsh"]

Episode Details:

  • The most surprising results from the NCTQ report
  • How colleges are failing to prepare teachers for the licensing exam
  • Why Black and Hispanic examinees have even lower pass rates
  • The complete lack of transparency in the reporting of pass rates
  • Are there viable alternative routes to teacher certification?

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Tags: Diversity, Teaching

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