Statement by Interim Chancellor Kelly to the CUNY Board of Trustees on Teacher Preparation, September 30, 2013

Statement by Interim Chancellor  Kelly to the CUNY Board of Trustees on Teacher Preparation

September 30, 2013

“As you will remember, Governor Cuomo convened an Education Reform Commission in 2012, bringing together leaders from across the state-including then Chancellor Matthew Goldstein-to identify ways to strengthen the state’s education system. The commission’s preliminary recommendations were adopted by the governor and enacted within the state’s budget process.


“One of the Commission’s primary recommendations was the raising of admission standards for teacher education programs. The governor has emphasized the importance of strong teachers in enhancing student performance.  He has specifically called for the recruitment of exceptional candidates for educator preparation programs throughout the state, most recently in his 2013 State of the State address.


“We support and salute the governor’s actions.  Indeed, CUNY has been ahead of the curve in raising admission standards for educator preparation programs.  CUNY programs already require that an accepted cohort of candidates achieve a 3.0 GPA, consistent with the recommendations of the national accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP.  We are working to implement all of the CAEP standards, including raising the group average performance on nationally normed assessments, such as the SAT.


“We are delighted to work in close alignment with Governor Cuomo and his bold agenda for education reform in New York State, and we will continue to monitor the implementation of robust admission criteria for all of our teacher education programs.”