Better Data on Teacher Preparation Could Aid Efforts To Improve Education

Washington, April 29, 2010 — A new report from the National Research Council on teacher education programs in the United States recommends that the U.S. Department of Education develop a national education data network to integrate existing information on teacher preparation, drive the collection of new data, and provide needed information to researchers and policymakers working toward better approaches to preparing K-12 teachers.  According to the report, which was funded in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation, the current paucity of data and well-targeted research severely limits the capacity of policymakers and the education community to draw conclusions about which approaches are effective and how to design better ones, said the committee that wrote the report.

Read the National Research Council’s press release or report.