Surprising Growth: Federal Data Shows a 12% Increase in Teacher Preparation Program Enrollment Amidst Pandemic Challenges

Federal data reveals a glimmer of hope in addressing America’s teaching shortage, with a 12% increase in teacher preparation program enrollment from 2018 to 2022. This growth—attributed to strategies like paying student teachers and apprenticeships—surprised experts amidst the strains of the pandemic. Challenges persist, however, with shortages concentrated in certain regions and subjects, underscoring the need for sustained efforts to strengthen and diversify the teaching workforce.

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