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Mixed Results for Georgia in Teacher Training Report

Georgia Education
Posted at 7:19 AM, Jun 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-19 03:21:47-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Just four teacher-training programs at Georgia's college and universities have earned high marks on a national survey that examined more than 1,000 programs.

The review by the National Council on Teacher Quality was released Tuesday and found colleges' education programs are not adequately preparing future teachers. The review criticized their admission standards, training and value.

The ratings were based on a set of key standards, such as instructing prospective teachers how to implement the Common Core academic standards, teach non-native English speakers and manage classrooms. Colleges and universities were rated on a four-star system.

In Georgia, five teaching programs received the lowest rating of no stars with a consumer alert designation.

Spokesman for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Tim Callahan, says questions have been raised about the report's methodology.