Florida Gets “B-” For Teacher Prep Programs

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida has received one of the top grades in the nation from a research and policy group for its programs which prepare teachers for the classroom.

The National Council on Teacher Quality on Wednesday gave Florida’s teachers a grade of B-minus, the same as it received last year. That’s the top grade awarded, though. The national average is D-plus.

The council praised Florida’s strong student teaching requirements and use of student achievement data to hold teacher preparation programs accountable. Florida also won plaudits for providing alternate routes into the teaching profession.

Florida, though, was faulted for low admission standards for teacher preparation programs, failing to ensure teachers know their subject matter and loose requirements for social studies and special education teachers.

The only other states receiving B-minus grades are Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee.

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