U.S. Department of Education's long-awaited final rules require states
to rate teachers' colleges on the basis of graduates' performance in the
classroom but provide greater flexibility in measuring student
outcomes." inform Teacher Beat (blog).
Under the rules, states will be required each year to rate all of its traditional, alternative and distance prep programs as either effective, at-risk, or low-performing. They will have to provide additional support to programs rated as low-performing.
The annual ratings are to be based on several metrics, such as the number of graduates who get jobs in high-needs schools, how long these graduates stay in the teaching profession, and how effective they are as teachers, judging from classroom observations as well as their students' academic performance.
In a major change from the proposed rules—which were subject to heavy criticism from the field—student learning will not have to be based on test scores or the proxy of teacher evaluations based on student test gains; rather, states will have the flexibility to use other measures deemed "relevant to student outcomes" and determine how various components of their systems are weighted.
Source: Education Week (blog)