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Special to FOX8.com: Dekontee Morris, University of Akron Bureau intern

AKRON– Ohio colleges and universities are reacting to a recent study by the National Council on Teaching Quality that gives many of the state’s teacher education programs a low grade.

The report shows that an average of 200,000 new teachers, who barely meet the standards of becoming a good teacher, are generated each year by the majority of U.S. colleges.

Out of more than 1,000 institutions evaluated for the report, the report ranks only 608 of them.

They include Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, Kent State University, The University of Akron and Ohio State University.

Of those schools, Ohio State was the only one given a ranking of four out of four stars for their education programs.

Ohio State University and Marietta College were among the top 10% in the nation receiving three or more stars in one or more of their programs.

All other Ohio universities on the list were given low rankings of between zero and two stars for their undergraduate programs for students preparing to teach elementary or secondary level classes.

Kent State received no ranking at all for its graduate level secondary education program.

Now the question on everyone’s mind is how credible the report is, and what information is the National Council on Teaching using to assess the universities.

“This study is misleading,” said Eric Mansfield of Kent State University, adding “It fails to look at the outcomes and qualities of the students who enter into public education.”

Mansfield said Kent State’s program exceeds the state’s average on 41 out of 45 areas that were assed by the Ohio Educator Assessment.

“So we know we are doing a much better job than this study indicates,” said Mansfield.

The University of Akron also believes the study is misleading.

“U.A. has a long history of consistently being recognized by national accreditation organizations such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and meeting state licensure program requirements,” said Associate Dean Susan Olson.

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