Report: Too Many Teachers, Too Little Quality

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Are teachers prepared to teach? A new report by the National Council on Teacher Quality concludes that most universities do a poor job training the nation's teachers.

Though the University of Maryland scored three stars, the highest rating of local universities, no university in Maryland, Virginia or D.C. scored four stars. The highest rating and most received were either a one-star or two-star rating. 


The only schools in the country that scored four stars were Furman University in South Carolina, Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt in Tennessee and Ohio State University.

Many schools received no stars like George Washington, which refused to cooperate with the Council and critics say the lack of participation makes the study flawed.

It appears one of the most prestigious school systems in the country is paying little attention to the study.

At Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Principal Don Hutzel said he found the study "interesting" and acknowledged that all institutions of learning should examine how to improve. But he finds the opposite true about teaching applicants who come from schools such as Penn State, which the study downgraded.

"Penn State has one of the best programs," said Hutzel who has hired several teachers from Penn State including first year teacher Lou Depa.

"I feel my college prepared me for the job, although every day was a learning experience," Depa said about his first year teaching.

Carolyn Santos, another Churchill Road first year teacher, said "It was a great year. Sometimes it was a little overwhelming, but I think that's natural."

Santos earned her teaching degree from American University and feels likes it prepared her well for her first job teaching fifth grade.

Churchill Road had a dozen student teachers this year from local colleges including Marymount. Mr. Hutzel says he felt they all came from good programs and would make good teachers.

Hutzel says it's always a challenge for new teachers to manage a diverse classroom, no matter what they learn in college.

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