Teacher short­age wors­en­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Monte Wha­ley

The teacher short­age in Colorado is only go­ing to get worse, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port re­leased Thurs­day by the state.

The lat­est num­bers from the 2016 Leg­isla­tive Ed­u­ca­tor Prepa­ra­tion Re­port show the num­ber of peo­ple fin­ish­ing teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­grams at Colorado col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties dur­ing the 2015-16 aca­demic year dropped by 2.2 per­cent to 2,472.

It was the sixth con­sec­u­tive year the num­ber of peo­ple join­ing the work­force as teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors has dropped — and a 24.4 per­cent de­crease since 2010.

En­roll­ment in ed­u­ca­tor prepa­ra­tion pro­grams at Colorado col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties also re­mains at low lev­els and is largely un­changed from the pre­vi­ous aca­demic year with 9,896 stu­dents. It’s a re­duc­tion of 24.4 per­cent from the 201011 aca­demic year.

This is not good news for schools and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams across the state, said Diane Duffy, in­terim ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Colorado De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

“This re­port high­lights the grow­ing con­cern about teacher and teacher short­ages,” Duffy said.

“Worse, the short­age di­rectly im­pacts in­struc­tion in high-need ar­eas such as math, sci­ence and world lan­guages. This is­sue im­pacts all of Colorado’s schools, par­tic­u­larly those in our ru­ral and re­mote re­gions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Ed­u­ca­tor Prepa­ra­tion Re­port, 3,268 ed­u­ca­tors com­pleted pro­grams through ei­ther a tra­di­tional or al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tor prepa­ra­tion pro­gram li­cen­sure route, such as an on­line pro­gram.

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