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Columbus State Ranked Among Lowest Performing Education Programs

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Columbus State University has been ranked among the lowest-performing education programs in the country, according to the list compiled by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The university says the survey is not an accurate representation of the undergraduate education program.

Columbus State spokesman John Lester says the council didn't look at what really matters.

"It appears that it looks more at what's on paper rather than what are the outcomes," he says.

He says principles at local schools are pleased with how Columbus State student teachers perform.

"We ask principals are our students prepared once they get into your schools. Overwhelmingly we hear yes they are," Lester explains.

The council looked at several different standards to determine teachers' readiness, including the academic caliber in selecting teacher candidates. Also under review is how well the program trains teacher candidates to teach reading and how well prepared the students are to teach common core standards.

The American Association of Colleges for Teachers Education says this survey is misleading and unreliable saying the council only looked at syllabi, textbooks and student teaching handbooks to collect most of the data.

"When you dive into it a little bit more its not just us its lots of other outfits both national organizations and individual schools that are questioning why and how they did these things," says Lester.

Here is a link to the full survey by the council.

http://media.npr.org/assets/news/2013/teacherprep.pdf

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