As new Colorado data systems have been put in place, it is now possible to link in-service teachers to their preparation programs. SEHD researcher Carolyn Haug says that this data will allow the state, universities and other teacher preparation providers an enhanced context to measure the quality of teachers’ performance, and their students’ growth, in relation to the specific education/training they originally received.
As the body of research on the importance of teacher quality grows, increased scrutiny is being placed on teacher preparation programs. As a result, and in concert with recent Colorado legislation, there is a push to link in-service teachers to their preparation programs and examine program outcomes that include, but are not limited to, the demographic characteristics of the educator workforce, where and with which students these educators work, and ultimately the impact they have on the achievement of their students.
Enhancing Colorado Data Systems: Linking Teachers to Preparation Programs and An Initial Exploration of Colorado-Trained Teachers: Providing Context for Outcomes-Based Teacher Preparation Program Evaluation are companion research reports supported by a grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) that describe findings and make recommendations related to the quality of data currently available to link educators to their preparation programs, and program completer demographic and job placement patterns from 2004-2010. These results have potential implications for preparation program curriculum and program design, recruitment and achieving CDHE’s institutional mission.