2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook National Summary: Are New Teachers Being Prepared for College- and Career-Readiness Standards?
As part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s annual report on teacher policies, this year’s edition of the State Teacher Policy Yearbook continues to keep the spotlight on critical issues of teacher preparation. The 2014 yearbook has “expanded its policy analysis to examine the extent to which states have aligned their requirements for teacher preparation and licensure with the skills needed to prepare students for college and careers” (p. i). Specifically, it focuses on state efforts to prepare teachers for the profession by explicitly requiring teacher preparation programs to address the K-12 instructional shifts required by college- and career-readiness standards. One of several key findings show that “no state received a ‘green light’ for its state policies to deliver teachers into the classroom well prepared to help their students achieve at the high level demanded by college- and career-readiness standards” (p. i).