Academic profiles continue to be markedly different for secondary school subject matter teachers in contrast with elementary, special education, and physical education teachers. Those with secondary licenses have much stronger academic histories.When I hear the old factoid that teachers generally come from the bottom of their college classes, I've always doubted it--at least for people who graduate with degrees other than general liberal arts or education. There is, however, some good news on the teacher quality front:
Praxis passing rates have decreased substantially. This decrease is likely attributable to theThis report came out in 2007. I wonder what it similar statements could be made today.
increasingly demanding testing requirements put in place during the (previous) eight years.
The academic profile of the entire candidate pool has improved. Candidates who graduate from teacher education programs are stronger than in years past. Those who report not having gone through a teacher education program are similarly strong.
The academic profile of those meeting state Praxis requirements has improved.
These improvements are consistent for both males and females, across racial/ethnic groups, and across licensure areas.