Statement on Obama Administration Release of Teacher Preparation Program Regulations

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New York, October 12, 2016—Teach For America today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s release of teacher preparation program regulations:

Teach For America (TFA) is pleased that the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations on teacher preparation programs today. We applaud the Department for its vision of a more holistic approach to teacher preparation program quality, and for incorporating feedback from many stakeholders during the public comment period.

“These regulations will shift the conversation around teacher preparation program quality to focus on program impacts and outcomes, alongside inputs,” said Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. “We think this is an important reorientation that supports all types of programs producing exceptional new teachers. Our students deserve nothing less.”

These regulations will ensure greater transparency about the quality of training at teacher preparation programs for prospective teachers and the schools that hire them. Teach For America understands the challenges and costs involved in data collection in order to implement these regulations, both at the state and program level. While we believe these new systems will ultimately yield helpful data for the field of teaching—and will help programs get the data they need to pursue national accreditation, for example—we encourage the Department to take steps to ensure all programs are treated fairly, especially programs that have a high concentration of teacher candidates from low-income backgrounds or candidates of color.  

We look forward to working with all stakeholders toward our shared goals and challenges: strengthening teacher preparation programs of all types, encouraging innovation, and creating a high-quality, sustainable, and diverse teacher workforce that will benefit all children.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join more than 12,000 alumni educators in a teaching force of 19,000 and an overall community that is 53,000 strong, working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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