For Immediate ReleaseJune 10, 2013
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Teacher Education Program Redesign at University of Louisiana System Schools Successful
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89 Percent of Recent Grads' Value-Added Scores At or Above Expectations
BATON ROUGE - Today the Louisiana Board of Regents released its 2011-12 Annual Report for Teacher Preparation that shows 89 percent of University of Louisiana System recent graduates' value-added scores were at or above expectations. This year's report marks the first comprehensive measurement of graduates of redesigned teacher education programs at UL System schools.
Starting in 2001, the UL System's nine universities began a total redesign of teacher education programs that included closer alignment with K-12 student curricula, increased student teaching experiences, teacher certification requirements prior to graduation, and alternative pathways to becoming a teacher.
As a result, UL System schools are putting about 1,500 new teachers in the classroom each year that have already logged at least 180 hours of actual classroom teaching and passed state licensure examinations. The value-added assessment shows the vast majority of those new teachers (89 percent) are meeting and exceeding expectations in their first years in the classroom.
"When you consider that teachers are responsible for every other profession, preparing teachers is among the most important thing we do," said UL System President Sandra Woodley. "Our universities have worked hard to strengthen teacher education programs, and that hard work is paying off. We will continue to use the value-added assessment and other evaluation tools to fine-tune our programs to produce the best possible results in the classroom."
As the largest higher education system in the state with over 92,000 students, it is no surprise the UL System also produces the majority of teacher education graduates. A comprehensive look at all nine university education programs revealed the following quality indicators.
UL System Schools Provide the Majority of Local and Regional Educators:
UL System Schools Produce Exceptional Graduates:
UL System Schools Use Technology to Enhance Learning:
UL System Schools Are Recognized Nationally:
To download a copy of the UL System's Teacher Education Program report which includes a profile for each university go to www.ulsystem.edu/teachereducation.
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