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January 20, 2011 10:00 AM Rating Teachers Colleges

By Daniel Luzer

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U.S. News & World Report announced that it plans to begin ranking yet another set of programs. The magazine will now rank teacher education programs. This is likely to generate a great deal of coverage, though it’s actually a total waste of time.

According to a piece in Inside Higher Ed:

U.S. News & World Report has announced that it will start a new system of ranking teacher education programs, largely using the methodology of the National Council on Teacher Quality, and focusing on such measures as the selectivity of the admissions process, how well teachers are trained to teach certain subjects, and the quality of classroom management skills.

One factor not used to rank teachers’ colleges will be how well students taught by graduates of the education schools actually learn.

In fact no research has demonstrated that any teacher-training program can improve student achievement.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer