NCTQ report

June 17, 2013

Dear Campus Community,

On June 18, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and U.S. News & World Report will release their review of the nation's education schools, including Millersville University's School of Education.  The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), of which Millersville University is a member, does not support NCTQ's review.  AACTE has listed a variety of reasons for their disapproval:

  • NCTQ is not an impartial arbiter of quality for teacher preparation and, in fact, has a documented bias against higher education-based teacher preparation programs.
  • NCTQ's standards and methodology have changed multiple times in recent years, including during the course of a single review. These shifts discredit the reliability of NCTQ's standards and methodology for use in judging any programs.
  • NCTQ's work is part of an extensive, well-funded public relations campaign against higher education-based teacher preparation, disguised as an effort to improve teacher preparation so that students can have access to more effective educators.
  • NCTQ's ratings of preparation programs and state policies often run counter to states' documented performance of students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
  • NCTQ's past reports have contained significant inaccuracies that were never corrected, and findings have often been inconsistent with the actual work under way in states and programs.
  • NCTQ employed tactics of intimidation and subterfuge to obtain materials for the national review of education schools. In some states, certain tactics violated intellectual property rights.

It is important to note that Millersville's School of Education has been accredited and is a member of several nationally based organizations.  The entire list can be found at: http://www.millersville.edu/education/accreditations.php.  Millersville's School of Education, also, does not approve of NCTQ's review.

Please contact the Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Jane Bray, at jane.bray@millersville.edu for additional information.

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Janet Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA

Director of Communications

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

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