HARTFORD — The State Board of Education placed teacher-training programs at Sacred Heart University and Charter Oak State College on probation for the next three years
The board made the decision Wednesday on the recommendation of the state Department of Education’s 12-member review committee, which cited various shortcomings in the two programs.
Sarah Barzee, chief talent officer for the state Department of Education, said that when a program is placed on probation, it is allowed to continue educating students and granting degrees, but must address the problem areas within a specified time period or risk losing state approval.
A program is placed on probation, Barzee said, if “significant and far-reaching noncompliance with standards is identified.” She said the two educator-training programs are the third and fourth to be placed on probation in the past three years.
In the case of Sacred Heart, a key issue was the lack of “sufficient data” to demonstrate that students possess the “knowledge, skills and disposition” needed to meet professional and state standards, according to the state’s review.
James Carl, dean of Sacred Heart’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, said Wednesday after the meeting, “It’s not that we don’t assess our students’ performance.” (Read More)