Making data on teacher preparation programs widely available, easily understood
First-year teachers often face a significant learning curve. If new teachers are also underprepared, they put their students at a disadvantage and are more likely to leave teaching, adding to the nationwide teacher shortage.
High-quality teacher preparation programs, including 4-year undergraduate and alternative programs for candidates who have an undergraduate degree, are key to ensuring that first-year teachers are ready to manage a classroom on day 1.
For more than 15 years, Westat has supported the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) efforts to collect data on about 2,000 teacher preparation programs across the country.