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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

New Slate of States Join Educator Preparation Network

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (November 3, 2015) -- Seven states have joined a network dedicated to improving educator preparation and ensuring all teachers are ready to teach on Day One, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced.
 
This new cohort in the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) is the network's second, and these states in November will convene for the first time to begin shaping their plans. These states will be joined by the network's first cohort of states, which are continuing to develop and implement their plans. 

The network grew out of the work of a 2012 Task Force on Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession. That task force issued a call to action to chief state school officers and identified steps that states could take to improve the workforce upon entry into the education profession. 

The 10 recommendations fall within three state-specific policy levers: licensure, program approval, and data collection, analysis and reporting.  

The first cohort of states have made progress in addressing these areas over the past two years. Georgia worked with stakeholders in education to create and begin implementing a new tiered licensure for teachers.

Kentucky is merging its licensure and induction system with the state's evaluation system so educator preparation will be better aligned with the expectations that teachers will face once they enter the classroom.

Massachusetts is now recognized as a leader among states for developing a more thorough review process of the programs responsible for preparing teachers and other educators before they enter the profession.

"Educators have difficult but extremely important work to do each and every day, and they deserve the kind of preparation and support that will aid success in the classroom from the outset," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "Through this network, states are crafting plans best suited for their educators and students and sharing best practices with other states across the country." 

The new cohort states are California, Delaware, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

"Our children deserve an excellent educator in every classroom," said Missouri Commissioner Margie Vandeven. "We are eager to work with the other states continuing our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of preparation for future teachers."

The continuing first cohort states are Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Washington.

"I am pleased to be part of a network focused on helping all teachers be well-prepared," said Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. "Massachusetts has many strong educators who make a huge difference in the lives of their students, and we want to make sure all teachers can have that impact."

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.