Recommendations from "Educating School Teachers," a report on how teacher training could be improved at colleges and universities:
Transform education schools from "ivory towers" into professional schools focused on school practice. Their fundamental purpose should be the education of teachers.
Make student achievement the primary way to judge teacher education programs. This would require each state to have data systems to track student progress over time.
Make five-year teacher education programs the norm. Teachers would need to complete a traditional major and then advanced study on how to communicate that subject to students.
Improve quality control. Accreditation standards should be rooted in student achievement. States should establish common standards for traditional and alternative teaching programs.
Close failing programs and strengthen promising ones. The report suggests top universities have a disproportionately large number of the good programs and that those should expand.