The Governor's Special Assistant for Education

Linda Fandel


When teachers lead the way

December 4, 2012

The American Federation of Teachers is calling for a new “universal assessment,” similar to a bar exam in law, for teachers to prove they are ready for the profession, according to Education Week.

The report also recommends that teacher-preparation programs raise their entry standards: a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade on college- or graduate-school-entry exams, such as a 24 on the ACT, according to Education Week.

The University of Iowa is moving this spring to requiring a 3.0 GPA for admission to its teacher education program.

It’s great to see a teachers’ organization leading the way on reform.

Read about AFT’s initiative.

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