On November 9th, the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a report on the quality of educator preparation in the state of Illinois that was unfavorable to institutions of higher education and of the Illinois State Board of Education. While the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at SIUE welcomes the opportunity for rigorous and valid external review of any of its programs, we join with all institutions of higher education in the state in sharing our concerns with the report, its methodologies, and results.
NCTQ is a privately funded organization that has no authority to approve or accredit programs in any state. Regardless, however, this organization has been engaged in a state-by-state review of higher education, using changing "standards" that it has developed and which have not been recognized by any credible educational agency. NCTQ reviews programs based on "inputs," such as syllabi or handbooks, without focusing on the actual "outputs" that would include the actual performance of graduates in the classroom. This methodology has been resoundingly critiqued by Eduventures, a recognized leader in research in higher education.
The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at SIUE is proud of the quality of its programs, faculty, and graduates. The School works closely with regional schools and districts in the preparation of future teachers, and adjusts its programs based on real-world feedback from area administrators and teachers. The SOE's programs are fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, the School voluntarily submits all programs to external review by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and all programs are currently nationally recognized. Valid and rigorous external review is a critical component to the continued evaluation of all of the SOE's programs that prepare educators for tomorrow's classroom.
Please refer to the following for further information on the NCTQ study and SIUE's response:
Eduventures September 2010 Statement
Joint Response from Illinois Institutions of Higher Education
Contextual Summary to the SIUE Chancellor
SIUE Review by Standard
SIUE's Final Response to NCTQ
SIUE's Initial Report to NCTQ
If you have any questions regarding the NCTQ report or the programs in SIUE's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, I encourage you to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618/650-3353.