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December 2, 2013

Thin data analysis of Wisconsin Teachers in Training

Molly Beck:

The 2.8 percent decrease between 2010 and 2012 at University of Wisconsin System campuses comes after a 6.8 percent increase between 2008 and 2010, according to System data reported to the federal Education Department provided to the State Journal by the UW System in response to a request for enrollment data for the System's teacher-training programs. 

The numbers do not include students seeking teaching licenses with majors not classified by the UW System as education majors.

It's unclear why the number of students enrolled in teacher-education programs has dropped, but Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, associate dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, said some graduates there are now reporting feeling ill prepared for what they call the political atmosphere surrounding teaching.

"Until our most recent surveys, we've never had a complaint that 'you didn't prepare us for the political atmosphere'" of teaching, said Hanley-Maxwell about surveys the school sends to graduates who have been teaching for about three years.

She said about 60 percent of the school's graduates respond to the after-graduation surveys that question how well the school prepared them for the teaching profession.

Related: When A Stands for Average: Students at the UW-Madison School of Education Receive Sky-High Grades. How Smart is That?.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at December 2, 2013 12:52 AM
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