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THEC Releases 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission today released the 2013 Report Card for Teacher Training Programs in Tennessee. The report provides considerable information about the characteristics of program completers from the state's 44 programs that prepare teachers. The report only includes data for graduates who are teaching in an area for which there is a TCAP assessment or EOC assessment. The report included 167 ETSU teachers who graduated in the last three years (2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10).

ETSU's Beginning Teachers' TVAAS scores were compared with the TVAAS scores of all Beginning Teachers in the state. They performed as well as all other beginning Teachers on all TCAP tests as well as all End of Course (EOC) tests given in Algebra I, Biology I, English I, and English II. ETSU Beginning Teachers were also compared to the state's Veteran Teachers (those with more than 3 years of experience). In those comparisons, ETSU Beginning Teachers performed as well as Veteran Teachers in three of the TCAP subjects (Reading/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) and in the EOC Composite, Algebra I, Biology I, English I, and English II. ETSU Beginning Teachers did not perform as well as Veteran Teachers on the TCAP Composite and the TCAP Math. The full Report Card, with data on all Tennessee teacher preparation programs is available at http://www.tn.gov/thec/Divisions/fttt/13report_card.shtml.

 
  Ready2Teach Differential Maintenance Fee

The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a Ready2Teach Differential Maintenance Fee that will be in effect beginning Fall, 2012.  The fee is $25 per credit hour for certain 3000 and 4000 level courses in initial teacher licensure programs including interdisciplinary studies, early childhood education, special education, physical education, and secondary education (all fields) and 5000 level courses in the MAT programs and in master's degree programs in early childhood education and special education that lead to an initial license to teach. The proceeds from the fees will be used to support the increased emphasis on field-based learning and will be used to provide support for mentor teachers, to cover the cost of the mandated Teacher Performance Assessment, and to provide additional technology support in these programs.  This fee is being charged at all Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.