System to track new teacher performance is long overdue

Monday, July 8, 2013

A recently issued report found colleges in Nevada and across the nation lack programs needed to graduate teachers ready to instruct students in reading, math and science at the level needed to compete in the global economy. Rebuttals and arguments aside, this is worthy of broad discussion and action.

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a nonprofit organization, released a June 18 report rating 1,130 colleges and universities on a scale of zero to four stars on how well they prepared their students to be effective in the classroom.

All four of Nevada’s public institutions that offer education degrees earned from zero to one and a half stars. Those four institutions, which are part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, are the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada State College in Henderson and Great Basin College in Elko.

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