Survey gives poor marks to Hawaii teacher programs

HONOLULU (AP) - A national survey of teacher-training programs that gives poor marks to the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University is drawing criticism.

The National Council on Teacher Quality released findings this week that give dismal rankings to most of the teacher-preparation programs in the country.

Chaminade got two out of 4 stars for its undergraduate elementary program and one star for its graduate secondary program. Programs at the University of Hawaii's Manoa and Hilo campuses received one or no stars.

Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Executive Director Lynn Hammonds says she has confidence in all 13 Hawaii-based teacher programs. Her agency licenses teachers. She says she knows the programs undergo rigorous reviews.

Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe says the survey isn't comprehensive because it doesn't look at non-university-based alternative programs.

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