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  • Ohio Dominican University Response to NCTQ Rating 

    June 17, 2014 

    On June 17, 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review. The NCTQ does not work with any government or education organization, and does not follow state or national standards for evaluating teacher preparation programs.

    Ohio Dominican University does not submit information to the NCTQ, therefore, any evaluation by the organization does not clearly and accurately represent ODU’s teacher preparation programs. The data in this report, particularly as it pertains to ODU, is largely incomplete.

    Additionally, the report does not take into account one of the most important factors in assessing the quality of a teacher preparation program – the teacher’s performance in the classroom and his or her students’ performance.

    Over the past two years, alumni of ODU’s teacher preparation programs have received national accolades for their outstanding work in the classroom, including the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching as well as the 2014 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

    Ohio Dominican University respects, appreciates and participates in the well-designed evaluations processes of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) / National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents. 

    ODU’s teacher preparation programs are fully accredited and are of the highest standards. We are proud to meet the high accountability measures set by the State of Ohio and other accrediting bodies.

    Linda Darling-Hammond, chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, described the NCTQ’s data-gathering process in an article published in the June 18, 2013, edition of The Washington Post, in which she wrote:

    “It is clear as reports come in from programs that NCTQ staff made serious mistakes in its reviews of nearly every institution. Because they refused to check the data – or even share it – with institutions ahead of time, they published badly flawed information without the fundamental concerns for accuracy that any serious research enterprise would insist upon.”

    Ohio Dominican University embraces accurate, thorough research that seeks to enhance teacher preparation programs.

    For more information on the review processes of the State of Ohio and other accrediting organizations, click the links below.