Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)

The Voice of Teacher Education: Using Impact Data to Tell Our Story
Dr. Karen Hahn, Dr. Carol Walker, Dr. Fern Aefsky Introduction Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) is expected to graduate teacher candidates that are able to demonstrate an immediate positive impact on student achievement. The USDOE defines an effective teacher as one whose students achieve acceptable (1 grade level in an academic year) of student growth (Race to the Top definition). The Florida Department of Education has created a definition for the Beginning Effective Teacher Candidate (BETC). It is one who has sufficient understanding of core research-based instructional strategies and behaviors so there is a high probability of having a positive impact on student learning.

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