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.
- 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?
- National Council on Teacher Quality
- A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce