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Preparing K-12 Teachers, School Leaders and Students for College Success
Approximately 3,000 new teachers enter Indiana classrooms each year, and approximately 85 percent of the teachers, administrators, curriculum directors and school counselors working in Indiana’s public K-12 schools received their professional training from an Indiana college or university. Because the quality of their teachers is the most important factor in students’ success, higher education must be an ongoing partner with K-12 to ensure that the preparation new teachers, school counselors and school leaders receive is relevant and in step with the very real challenges they will face in the classroom.
Today, too many Indiana students are cutting off their chance for college by failing to complete high school — nearly a third of students drop out of high school without graduating. Students — even those who have performed poorly in the past — thrive academically when they have several strong teachers in a row. Conversely, students who have just three consecutive weak teachers perform poorly.
To ensure that Indiana’s K-12 teachers and school leaders have the knowledge and skills they need to help students graduate from high school ready for college, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has released a series of Preparation recommendations