Title II Reports on the Quality of Teacher Preparation
In 1998, Congress reauthorized the Higher Education Act (HEA). Title II, Section 207 of this law includes new accountability measures that require states and institutions of higher education (IHE) to report annually on certain indicators of the quality of their teacher preparation program and licensure and certification requirements.
Each year, the HEA Title II reporting system collects a set of indicators, benchmarks and trend data to inform educators, policymakers and the public on the continuous improvement of policies and requirements that affect the quality of teacher preparation. The Title II system also serves as a national clearinghouse on state policies regarding the training and certification or licensure of new teachers. Fifty-four states and outlying areas report data to the Department of Education. Over time, the quality and usefulness of the data has substantially improved. The system tracks data in the following key areas:
Numbers of teachers receiving initial certification;
State certification and licensure requirements for new teachers;
Statewide pass rates on the most recent assessments of graduates;
Numbers of teachers on waivers;
State identification of low-performing teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education; and
Alternative pathways to teaching.
Three stages of gathering and reporting data were specified by the 1998 amendments to the HEA, which established the Title II accountability provisions. Once these steps are completed, the secretary of education prepares the annual report for Congress.
Institutions of higher education report data to states, including pass rates on state certification and licensure examinations of their students completing teacher preparation programs.
Using these reports, as well as state-maintained data, states report to the Department of Education state certification and licensure requirements for completers of traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs, statewide pass rates on the most recent state assessments of graduates of teacher preparation programs, as well as pass rates disaggregated by institution and quartile rankings of their institutions based on their pass rates, the number of teachers on waivers or emergency and temporary permits, information on teacher standards and their alignment with student standards and criteria for identifying low-performing schools of education.
The Department of Education verifies and analyzes the data. Complete reports from each state are published on the Web at http://www.title2.org/
Section 207 of Title II of the HEA requires that each institution of higher education that conducts a teacher preparation program that enrolls students receiving Federal assistance under this Act shall report to the State and to the general public certain information about its program. The required information about the teacher education program at Greensboro College is included as an appendix to the Academic Catalog, under the heading Title II Federal Report: Institutional Report Card.