Plan to rate teacher training raises concerns

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2014 at 2:11 a.m.



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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Education plan to use student test scores to assess the quality of teacher training programs is drawing fire from some Indiana educators.

The DOE wants states to develop rating systems that could affect whether a college receives federal grants to help train teachers. The systems would include students' classroom performance and the ability of graduates to find and retain jobs.

Catherine Brown of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus questions the plan and tells the Daily Journal that (http://bit.ly/1w6iGOi ) that medical and business schools aren't held accountable when a doctor commits malpractice or a business official commits fraud.

Other educators are open to the idea and say the new ratings could give school districts more information about the schools that are training their future teachers.

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