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Testing Teacher Candidates: The Role of Licensure Tests in Improving Teacher Quality
the third year of a grant under this title, then the grant payments shall not be made for any succeeding year of the grant.
(d) Evaluation and Dissemination.—The Secretary shall evaluate the activities funded under this title and report the Secretary’s findings regarding the activities to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives. The Secretary shall broadly disseminate successful practices developed by eligible States and eligible partnerships under this title, and shall broadly disseminate information regarding such practices that were found to be ineffective.
SEC. 207. ≪NOTE: 20 USC 1027.≫ ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PROGRAMS THAT PREPARE TEACHERS.
(a) ≪NOTE: Deadline.≫ Development of Definitions and Reporting Methods.—Within 9 months of the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, in consultation with States and institutions of higher education, shall develop key definitions for terms, and uniform reporting methods (including the key definitions for the consistent reporting of pass rates), related to the performance of elementary school and secondary school teacher preparation programs.
(b) State Report Card on the Quality of Teacher Preparation.—Each State that receives funds under this Act shall provide to the Secretary, within 2 years of the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, and annually thereafter, in a uniform and comprehensible manner that conforms with the definitions and methods established in subsection (a), a State report card on the quality of teacher preparation in the State, which shall include at least the following:
(1) A description of the teacher certification and licensure assessments, and any other certification and licensure requirements, used by the State.
(2) The standards and criteria that prospective teachers must meet in order to attain initial teacher certification or licensure and to be certified or licensed to teach particular subjects or in particular grades within the State.
(3) A description of the extent to which the assessments and requirements described in paragraph (1) are aligned with the State’s standards and assessments for students.
(4) The percentage of teaching candidates who passed each of the assessments used by the State for teacher certification and licensure, and the passing score on each assessment that determines whether a candidate has passed that assessment.
(5) The percentage of teaching candidates who passed each of the