Dear CAEP Colleague,
We are seeking volunteers in every area of our organization structure, from governance committee members to Accreditation Council members, site visitors, and feedback option reviewers. We are committed to a governance and volunteer body that reflect the diversity of P-12 learners and are inclusive of affiliation and experience. We honor our commitment to transparency by having clear, impartial ways of selecting individual for service, based on their qualifications.
In light of CAEP’s commitment to inclusivity and transparency, the nominating process allows for self-recommendation, as well as recommendation by organizations. Last year, CAEP received over 700 applications for just over 70 service opportunities. Given the anticipated high volume of application submissions, please nominate a pool of high quality leaders within your organization so that CAEP’s volunteer pool reflects the diversity of affiliation and experience needed to advance its mission.
For many years, CAEP has worked with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) as a Specialized Professional Association (SPA). This partnership has involved the development of national standards, participation in CAEP governance structures, and program review leading to National Recognition for elementary programs. Due to organizational changes, the ACEI Board of Directors has decided that ACEI will no longer be able to serve as a SPA for CAEP. Continue reading
On Friday, January 24, 2014, CAEP President, Jim Cibulka, and Secretary-General for the National Commission for Academic Accreditation & Assessment (NCAAA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Almusallam, joined together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU between CAEP and NCAAA has been several years in the making and represents the two organizations’ agreement to collaborate on matters related to professional teacher education standards, educational accessibility, teacher preparation, and capacity building of quality assurance operation, processes, and supporting infrastructures. This relationship represents the future of educator preparation internationally and sets the stage for future collaborations with other countries.
It’s a New Year, and here at CAEP we have begun firmly planting our roots as the new sole accreditor for educator preparation. Our organization structure is now fully populated and we are proud to announce the addition of our newest staff members, several of whom are operating in entirely new roles to advance CAEP’s strategic plan.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the sole accreditor of educator preparation, is committed to continuous improvement based on data and evidence. At the center of CAEP’s newly adopted standards is the acknowledgement that results in the classroom must be the measure by which all educator preparation efforts are ultimately judged. Today, the state of Massachusetts reported data from their educator evaluation system, which is a potential source to measure student learning, educator effectiveness, and to spur improvement. As states undertake new initiatives related to the educator workforce, CAEP is positioned to be an important partner to ensure that providers are preparing educators that are classroom-ready and demonstrably raise learning for all students.
Bill Keller’s op-ed, “An Industry of Mediocrity” (October 21, 2013), raises old and, in some cases, accurate complaints about the nation’s education schools. But where he had the right diagnosis, he had the wrong prescription. Action is already underway. A new organization responsible for assuring quality in teacher education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, offers a better way forward: it will require teacher preparation programs to dramatically raise the quality of prospective candidates (restricting admission only to those who score in the top third of the ACT, SAT, or GRE by 2020) and, more importantly, will require evidence of student achievement growth in the classrooms in which their graduates teach. Read more…
The 2014 Spring CAEP Conference is an opportunity to learn from experts, share thoughts with colleagues, and discover what works in the field of educator preparation. Join your colleagues at the 2014 Spring CAEP Conference, March 26-28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
On August 29, 2013, the CAEP Board of Directors approved new accreditation standards based on consensus recommendations from the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. CAEP requires that educator preparation providers (EPPs) seeking accreditation complete a self study and host a site visit, during which site visitors determine whether or not the provider meets CAEP standards based on evidence of candidate performance, use of data in program self-improvement, and EPP capacity and commitment to quality.
The Interim Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently named CAEP’s first Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2013. The CAEP Board of Directors will convene for the first time on August 29, when it will consider new accreditation standards proposed by the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting this past June.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to truly shape CAEP as the new accrediting body for educator preparation through service on its first permanent board,” said James G. Cibulka, CAEP President. read more…
In keeping with CAEP’s commitment to transparency, the report of the CAEP Commission to the CAEP Board of Directors is being made available. Please note that while these consensus recommendations represent the final report of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, new CAEP standards will not be final until board action is taken.
As noted in the report and promised in earlier communications, much work remains to be done around implementation rules and other guidance documents before any new standards go into effect. CAEP staff will be hard at work developing all the necessary supporting materials in order for the new standards to be ready for release in January 2014. Educator preparation providers and other stakeholders may send questions related to implementation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and are encouraged to attend the 2013 Fall CAEP Conference September 19-21, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia, to learn more about the new standards.