Friday, November 21, 2014

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University missing from teacher training rankings


JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jacksonville State University's teacher preparation program, one of Alabama's largest, doesn't have a ranking in the first-ever nationwide survey of teacher preparation programs.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/14kC0Ir ) that authors of the new study say it's because the university wanted to charge them $9,800 for data.

Arthur McKee, managing director of teacher preparation studies at the National Council for Teacher Quality, said researchers thought that charge was excessive.

The council asked 1,100 colleges for information about their teacher preparation programs as part of what the study's authors say is the first nationwide assessment of teacher training, released last week.

School officials also took issue with the study itself. John Hammett, dean of the college of education and professional studies at JSU, said school officials didn't agree with the methodology used.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/