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Wisconsin higher ed officials upset over teacher quality report

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin higher education officials cried foul Tuesday morning, after the release of a report which showed that teacher training at many state schools is not up to snuff.

The National Council on Teacher Quality used a four-star rating system to evaluate teacher prep programs at over 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities.

UW-Stout had the best showing, with three stars. 21 programs had two-and-a-half stars or less.

UW-Milwaukee and Stevens Point received “consumer alerts” for an apparent lack of quality in their teacher training. UWM vice president Tom Luljak took serious exception to the survey. He said Milwaukee’s teacher prep programs meet or exceed standards put out by the state Department of Public Instruction. He said Milwaukee’s rating, “doesn’t provide context of programs as they exist today.”

Jeanne Williams of Ripon College, who heads the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, said the Council had, “no standing” to be evaluating teacher programs.

University officials around the state had previously criticized the criteria that the National Council on Teacher Quality used to come up with a four-star rating system.

In fact, the Council had to file suit against the UW to get information on course details – and they reached a settlement which gave them the data under some conditions.