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ED Issues Final Rules on Teacher Preparation

October 17, 2016

In 2014, the Department of Education proposed new rules to measure the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs. ED was eager to establish a basic information system about teacher training programs and establish a track record of success with respect to employment outcomes.

In response to the proposal, NACUBO joined 30 higher education associations in filing comments expressing serious concerns with ED's approach. After a long delay, ED issued a prepublication of the final rules on October 12, which are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register by the end of the month. While the final rule provides states some flexibility with accountability measures, it includes a provision that, in part, holds teacher-preparation programs accountable for the performance of teachers, based on their students' academic success.

States will be required to produce annual reports on placement rates of teacher training program graduates in their first three years of teaching as well as other program characteristics. States will be expected to design their reporting systems during the 2016-17 academic year. They may choose to use 2017-18 as a pilot year, with the system expected to be in place for 2018-19. Poor teacher training results could result in institutional loss of TEACH Grant Program eligibility beginning in 2021-22.

NACUBO is examining the final rule. While it reflects some of the concerns raised by higher education associations, the administration did not back away from giving states a new, expanded, and significant role in assessing program quality at academic institutions. 


Liz Clark
Senior Director, Federal Affairs