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Group wants schools to be more selective for admitting teaching students

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The schools that train Wisconsin teachers would be more selective about who they admit, under a proposal from a conservative think tank. 

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has come out with ideas it says would create better teachers in the Badger State. 

The group says education schools should only admit teacher candidates with college grade point averages of 3 or higher, instead of the present 2.5. The teaching candidates would also have to be in the top-half of their classes. 

The Policy Research Institute also says the results of statewide performance tests for new teachers should be linked back to the schools which trained them. That's after a recent national report showed that Wisconsin's teacher training programs received just fair ratings -- and programs at UW-Milwaukee and Stevens Point were given "consumer warnings." 

Educators say they're already doing some of what's being recommended. 

Education schools have been ordered by a recent state law to report their students' scores on written tests. 

The law also requires teacher training schools to publicly disclose how their candidates perform on a new performance assessment exam starting in 2015.