The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently issued a national ranking of teacher prep programs in which UNCG’s undergraduate elementary education program was listed in the lower half of the rankings without a numerical rating.
Improving teacher readiness is an important priority across our country. However, in our view, the NCTQ report does not properly assess graduates’ readiness to teach. NCTQ’s ranking methodology has been widely criticized by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and its members. The NCTQ’s approach holds so little credibility among teacher prep programs that only 10% of the approximate 1,100 programs rated participated fully.