Report: University of Memphis teacher training lagging

We've posted a preview of an important story from Jane Roberts that gets at the root of teacher effectiveness -- how and where teachers are trained. A new state report contains disappointing information about the University of Memphis's education program, which has long been a huge supplier of educators not only at Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools but public schools and private schools throughout the region.

She will have a more comprehensive report in the print edition tomorrow. Here's a snippet:
Recent education graduates from the University of Memphis compare poorly against teacher veterans in overall elementary student test scores and show significant weakness in reading test scores.
The UofM was not the only laggard. According to the report:
Nine teacher training programs, including Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee-Martin, Middle Tennessee State and the Memphis Teacher Residency were cited for failing to compete with the quality of new teachers from other programs.

Teach for America Memphis, Teach for America Nashville and Lipscomb University showed some of the strongest results.

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