Michigan targets teacher education programs

Whose graduates test poorly on state exams.  By Lori Higgins, writing in The Detroit Free Press.

Olivet, Lake Superior St. must phase out training programs after poor exam scores

Lake Superior State University and Olivet College must begin phasing out significant portions of their teacher preparation programs, mainly because student scores on a state exam for teacher certification aren't high enough. 
For Lake Superior, that means it can no longer admit students to eight programs, including those that prepare students to become teachers in English, economics, history and biology. 
For Olivet College, students can no longer be admitted to nine programs, including English, music education, biology and social studies. 
Those programs are targeted because their pass rates on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) are below 80%. The programs will have to be phased out, Flora Jenkins, director of the Office of Professional Preparation Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), told members of the state Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday.

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