AASA Statement on Teacher-Prep Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 26, 2014 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the release of proposed regulations by the U.S. Department of Education on teacher preparation.

“AASA strongly supports efforts to improve the pipeline that will increase the number of effective teachers in our schools. We are pleased to see action being taken but we believe Congress should determine how teacher preparation programs are upgraded.

We feel these proposed regulations have the potential to encumber the already complex implementation of teacher evaluation systems underway, raise student privacy concerns and place greater demands on the longitudinal data systems under development. We are hopeful that when Congress reauthorizes the Higher Education Act, we will see a fresh approach to measuring and improving teacher preparation programs.”

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.