Sunday, February 1, 2015

Teacher Prep Programs - DEADLINE TOMORROW (MONDAY)

The Dept of Ed is taking comments on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will link student scores on standardized tests to teacher prep programs and their funding.

(Basically, if you are a teacher of students that do not perform well on standardized tests - such as ELL, SWD, or low SES - the school that trained you will get a bad "mark" and will be less able to receive federal aid, in the form of student aid offered by FAFSA and other popular grants and loans. Ultimately, this means that the teacher prep programs feeding into schools with these populations will be less likely to attract students because they won't receive financial aid, but programs that feed into schools that do not have these populations/have students that regularly perform well on standardized tests will continue to offer future teachers financial aid. Those outside the standardized testing normative scores will be ostracized by teacher prep programs.)

PLEASE comment on the Dept of Ed website here:!documentDetail;D=ED-2014-OPE-0057-0001

For a more in-depth breakdown of the NPRM, you can check out my blog... I reached about 10,000 people in a single week on this, and there are now approximately 3,000 comments for the ED, the vast majority of which oppose the NPRM. Pass along the message to everyone you know!