Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs

Commissioned Paper Series

As part of the Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs project, this commissioned paper series covers key aspects of teacher preparation and evaluation methods that support high-quality preparation and continuous program improvement.


Landscape of Teacher Preparation Programs and Teacher Candidates

Suzanne M. Wilson, University of Connecticut
Shannon L. Kelley, University of Connecticut

Landscape of Teacher Preparation Program Evaluation Policies and Progress

Stafford L. Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mary E. Dilworth, Education Advisor
Constance A. Lindsay, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

"Best Practices" for Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College
Emilie M. Reagan, Claremont Graduate University

Evaluation of Clinical Component of Teacher Preparation Programs

Etta R. Hollins, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Connor K. Warner, The University of Utah

Using Teaching Performance Assessments for Program Evaluation and Improvement in Teacher Education

Charles A. Peck, University of Washington
Maia Goodman Young, University of Washington
Wenqi Zhang, University of Washington

The Evolution of Accreditation as Professional Quality Assurance in Teacher Preparation

Steven K. Wojcikiewicz, Learning Policy Institute
Susan Kemper Patrick, Learning Policy Institute

International Insights on Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs

Mistilina Sato, University of Canterbury
Jane Abbiss, University of Canterbury


  • Linda Darling-Hammond¬†(Co-Chair)
    Learning Policy Institute 
  • Kenneth Zeichner (Co-Chair)
    University of Washington
  • Shari Albright
    Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
  • Eva Baker
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Deborah Ball
    University of Michigan
  • Eric Brown
    National Education Association
  • Robert Floden
    Michigan State University
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings
    University of Wisconsin
  • John Papay
    Brown University
  • Mary Sandy
    California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Marla Ucelli-Kashyap
    American Federation of Teachers


Amy Berman, Deputy Director

Dian Dong, Senior Program Officer, Research

The project and research are supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The papers were prepared for the National Academy of Education (NAEd) to inform and support the work of the steering committee for Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs, including the consensus report. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NAEd or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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