Enrollment in Teacher-Preparation Programs Is Declining Fast. Here's What the Data Shows by Madeline Will
Across the country, enrollment in teacher-preparation programs has dropped by
a third from 2010 to 2018, a new report finds.
As showed above, enrollment in teacher preparation programs across the US is declining which was highlighted in a recent blog post by Madeline Will, contributing author of Education Week. Oklahoma has seen a 90% decrease over the last 8 years. These overall decreases by states can be due to low pay. In contrast, alternative certification programs, primarily online programs, have seen an increase in enrollment although many stakeholders are questioning the methods in which these online programs train and evaluate their participants. These enrolled participants are able to enter classrooms with no training or evaluation, just admittance into an approved program. Although the article does not go into great detail about other specifics such as testing demands to enter traditional programs or resources/ideas to combat these issues, it is a great piece to help bring light (and start a conversation ) about the issues traditional education programs face regarding recruitment and retention and how these issues affect the production of teachers.
The re.engineer question is:
How can we address the performance challenges with respect to the recruitment and retention of educators?