How are the schools that teach our teachers doing?
This month, the Ohio Board of Regents released its first-ever performance reports on bachelor’s degree teacher preparation programs at the state’s public and private colleges and universities. It’s a little bit like U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings crossed with Ohio school report cards. But different. And just for teacher prep programs in Ohio.
What the Columns Mean
These reports include various types of measures. Some measures look at how graduates perform in the classroom. Others point to the selectivity of these programs, in terms of who they admit. And still others describe graduates’ assessments of how well their program prepared them to teach. We’ve picked a few measures to highlight here.
- Post-Grad Performance: % of Teachers Meeting/Exceeding Expectations: This measure shows the percentage of recent graduates from the institution working as teachers whose students have made a year or more of academic progress in a single year, regardless of the students’ level at the start of the year. The formal name for this measure is “value-added.” This measure includes people receiving their teaching licenses in 2008-2011. It is based on student test scores for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school year. It only includes teachers of reading and math in grades 4-8. View each institution’s full performance report to see how many of its graduates are included in this measure.
- Survey: Teachers’ Ratings of School: The 2012 graduates of each institution completed a 49-question survey about different aspects of how well the programs prepared them to teach. The survey asked graduates to rate statements such as “My teacher preparation program prepared me with knowledge of research on how students learn” on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree). This measure shows the median survey response for each institution.
- Selectivity: GPA Required for Admission: This measure shows the college grade point average, or GPA, required for admission to an institution’s teacher preparation program. For most schools, this represents students’ college GPAs for the first two years of college, since most educator programs in Ohio do not admit students until the end of their sophomore year. There are rare exceptions, such as the University of Cincinnati, which admits students to its educator preparation programs as freshmen. Programs with higher required GPAs are more selective.
- Click on a school’s name to see its full performance report including information on specific programs at the school.
Ohio Teacher Preparation Performance Reports