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June 17, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Endorses 2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Report

Alexandria, VA–The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) today released a comprehensive report of reviews of teacher preparation programs from around the country. The NCTQ Teacher Prep Review rated more than 1,600 schools of education based on a myriad of evidence-based criteria. While most schools of education are in need of systematic reform, the report shows significant progress in a number of schools since 2013.

The Association of American Educators has once again signed on in support of the 2014 report and joins a larger coalition of education advocates in calling for the reform of teacher preparation programs. In light of the release, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

"AAE is pleased to once again support NCTQ's Teacher Prep Review. As the teaching profession continues to evolve to meet new demands, one theme remains constant–effective teachers are the key to student success. NCTQ's report is critically needed as it shines a spotlight on the demand for quality teacher preparation programs. If we want to attract our nation's best and brightest to the classroom, we must elevate the teaching profession and ensure that future educators are adequately prepared.

According to our membership surveys, teachers are in support of more rigorous standards for entering the teaching profession. Similarly, many educators entering the profession report feeling unprepared. As we raise the bar for students and current classroom teachers, we must ensure that prospective educators are prepared to tackle 21st century challenges.

In examining the data, it's clear that the 2013 report has been instrumental in pushing teacher prep programs to new heights. We're thrilled to see schools of education take the opportunity to evolve and work toward better preparing the next generation of teachers."

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Visit for further information.