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Release Date: 07.03.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: National Council on Teacher Quality

National Council on Teacher Quality Receives $25,000 Grant from Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a one-year, $25,000 grant for the National Council on Teacher Quality’s review and rating of Georgia's teacher preparation programs.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a nonpartisan research and policy organization committed to restructuring the teaching profession, led by the vision that every child deserves effective teachers.

NCTQ advocates for reform of a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers.  NCTQ is committed to lending transparency and increasing public awareness of the four institutions having the greatest impact on teacher quality: states, teacher preparation programs, school districts, and teachers unions.

This grant helps to fund NCTQ’s review and rating of the quality of Georgia's teacher preparation programs, and U.S. News & World Report will publish the findings.  In its first Review, coming out June 18, 2013, NCTQ will rate 90 percent of the public institutions and 24 percent of the privates in the country. 

U.S. News & World Report will publish an overall rating for programs on the most important "key" standards, supplemented by additional ratings and detail on NCTQ's website for all 1,139 education programs included in the review.  Among them, 22 out of Georgia's 31 education schools are reviewed in the first edition, including: Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and the University of Georgia.

“Georgia’s aspiring teachers deserve training that will enable them to walk into their own classroom ready from the first day.  Now they will have information to help them make smart decisions about where they choose to attend school,” said Kate Walsh, president of NCTQ. “The bar in Georgia, and across the country, is being raised for students.  To get the best teachers in all our classrooms we need the highest quality teacher preparation. By shining a light on teacher preparation programs, we hope to highlight strong programs that will help aspiring teachers and hiring districts make strategic choices, and help programs and policymakers build a world-class teacher preparation system.”

“The preparation of our teachers is vital to the future success of our classrooms,” said Blank Foundation President Penelope McPhee.  “NCTQ’s work is absolutely critical to ensuring that we continually strive to raise the bar.  We believe this is an important step to producing systemic change in Georgia’s teacher preparation programs.”

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives, builds, and enhances the communities in which they live.  The Foundation seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families, and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.  Formed in 1995, the Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons. Learn more at

About National Council on Teacher Quality:
The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers.  In particular, NCTQ recognizes the absence of much of the evidence necessary to make a compelling case for change and seek to fill that void with a research agenda that has direct and practical implications for policy. Learn more at

Contact Info

Contact Name: Kate Walsh

Company: National Council on Teacher Quality

Phone: 202-393-0020