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Report: Wisconsin does a poor job training school teachers

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new report says Wisconsin does a poor job of training school teachers – although the state did get a little better after new policies were adopted.

The National Council for Teacher Quality gave the Badger State a grade of “D+” for its policies that deal with teacher preparation. That’s a slight improvement from last year’s grade of “D.”

The group said Wisconsin took a step in the right direction by making elementary school teachers pass reading and science tests, and putting more of a focus on evaluating teachers according to their students’ performance.

But the Teacher Quality Council said the state should also raise its admission requirements for teacher training at universities. And it said more should be done to make sure elementary teachers have enough knowledge of their subject matter.

The group also recommends separate teaching licenses for elementary and middle school instructors. It also said the state should close what it calls a loophole that allows social students and science instructors to teach courses in which they don’t have enough knowledge. 

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