U.S. News Recognizes NCATE Accreditation as a Standard of Quality in Rankings of Education Schools. (in the News & Calendar)

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For the first time ever, U.S. News and World Report identifies which institutions are NCATE accredited in the new edition of its rankings of premier graduate education. According to U.S. News and World Report's rankings, three-fourths of the nation's 188 doctoral degree granting teacher preparation institutions may soon be NCATE accredited. This development signals an increasingly high degree of correlation between the media's rankings of graduate schools of education and the profession's mark of distinction--NCATE accreditation.

U.S. News identifies which institutions are NCATE accredited in the new 2002 edition of its rankings of premier graduate education, entitled Best Graduate Schools. Currently, two-thirds of the teacher preparation institutions in this influential segment of higher education are professionally accredited through NCATE. Ten more institutions are currently applying for accreditation and are in the "candidacy" stage. If they are successful, the field of teacher preparation will reach a major milestone in the area of quality assurance. NCATE institutions currently produce two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates each year.

NCATE rolled out a performance-based accreditation system in 2001 that requires institutions to provide compelling evidence that their candidates know the subject matter they plan to teach and how to teach it effectively so that all students learn. …