The quality of teachers is consistently rated one of the most important determinants of school performance. In Australia, where student performance in international school assessments has declined in recent years, the quality of teachers is being questioned. Now, experts are calling for Government to hold teacher training centers accountable - and the Government is listening. Specifically, the proposal is for student performance to be linked not only with their teacher, but also with the place at which the teacher was trained. This should help to identify which teacher education programs work well and which perform poorly, information that can then be used to determine accreditation status.
A news article covering the move can be found here.
I'd be interested to know what our readers think of this development. Are similar measures implemented in other countries? Have they proven successful? How practical is it to implement a policy like this?