The issue lies with student motivation and lack of parental involvement.
Have you researched this issue or is this just a knee jerk reaction?
Regarding quality of teachers:
Prospective teachers who took state teacher licensing exams from 2002 to 2005 scored higher on SATs in high school and earned higher grades in college than their counterparts who took the exams in the mid-1990s, the report said.
The average SAT verbal scores of prospective teachers passing the Praxis tests to teach English, science, social studies, math and art from 2002 to 2005 were higher than those of prospective teachers in the mid-1990s — and were also higher than the average SAT scores for all college graduates, the report said.
The percentage of candidates reporting a 3.5 GPA or higher rose from 27% to 40%
Teacher qualifications improve in the past decade - USATODAY.com
The college grades of prospective teachers has also improved. About 40 percent of the prospective teachers taking the licensing tests from 2002 to 2005 had a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on the traditional 4-point scale during college, up from 26 percent in the 1990s, the report said.
“By this measure, we are witnessing a dramatic improvement in the quality of the teacher pool,” the report said.
3.5 or higher?
•Federal Title II reporting rules, which in 1998 required states and teachers' colleges to report Praxis pass rates.
• No Child Left Behind, which in 2002 forced states to expand teacher licensing testing, just as they were setting higher standards, such as minimum GPA requirements, for teacher education candidates.
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