Contractor: The National Research Council
In 2003 Congress mandated that the Institute of Education Sciences contract with the National Research Council to conduct an study of teacher preparation programs in the United States. The study requirements include a synthesis of data and research on traditional undergraduate and graduate education programs as well as alternative certification programs. In addition, the study is to assess the consistency of the program content and requirements with converging scientific evidence in reading and mathematics.
In 2004 Congress requested IES to have the National Research Council conduct a report on the academic preparation and educational experiences of teachers trained through pre-service, graduate, and alternative certification routes. The following are the research questions:
An independent committee of experts will synthesize data and research on: 1) the academic preparation and educational characteristics of candidates in pre-service, graduate, and alternative certification programs; 2) the specific content and experiences that are provided to candidates for degrees and alternative certification in education; 3) the consistency of the required coursework and experiences in reading and mathematics across teacher preparation programs; and 4) the degree to which the content and experiences are based on converging scientific evidence.
Cost/Duration: $1,500,000 over 5 years (June 2005–May 2010)
Current Status: Completed. The report was released in April 2010 (see http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12882).
Based on a review of the research literature available at the time of this study, the NRC committee indicated that: