Open Letter to AACTE

To: Sharon Robinson, President, AACTE
Mark Ginsberg, Chair, AACTE Board of Directors
From: Mary Brabeck, Chair, CAEP Board of Directors
CC: James G. Cibulka, President, CAEP
Chris Koch, Vice Chair, CAEP Board of Directors
Date: April 16, 2015
RE: Open Letter to AACTE Board of Directors

I am writing in response to your recent blog posted on the AACTE website. You invite CAEP to join a subcommittee to work toward:

  • Focus on a commitment to accreditation, with CAEP as the single accrediting body.
  • Advocate for accreditation processes as the cornerstone of quality within the profession.
  • Advocate for standards as guides for the field that are enacted locally and measured contextually.

I encourage AACTE to reaffirm publically its strong stance in support of the standards as you did in the recent past. Yes, we must “Focus on a commitment to accreditation, with CAEP as the single accrediting body.”  And it would be wonderful if AACTE were to “Advocate for accreditation processes as the cornerstone of quality within the profession.”  Will you support requiring national accreditation as a requisite for joining AACTE?

Read the full letter here.

Taskforce to Develop New Standards for Elementary Education Programs


Elementary Ed Taskforce met for the first time in January 2015.

The Steering Committee for the Revision of the Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Standards met in January to begin their work. The committee is currently working on an initial draft of the standards and will meet in July to finalize a first draft.  In the fall 2015, this initial draft of the Elementary Standards will be sent out for public comment. The public comment period will end in December 2015.

The Steering Committee will meet in January 2016 to revise the standards based on the feedback from the public comment period.  In the spring 2016 the revised standards will be sent out for public comment and a focus review for a second time. The revised standards for the elementary level will be submitted to the State Partnership and Content Areas Committee for their review and approval in August 2016.

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CAEP Signs MOU with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority

MOUgroupshotYesterday in Chicago, CAEP President Jim Cibulka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). A primary goal of this MOU is to establish a collaborative relationship with the Sultanate of Oman, where several EPPs have indicated an interest in U.S.-based educator preparation. One such EPP, Sultan Qaboos University, has indicated that it will pursue accreditation this December.

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CAEP Board Reaffirms Commitment to Selectivity Criteria

Commissions a study to address implementation

The CAEP Board of Directors convened a special meeting on February 13, 2015 to continue its December, 2014 Board consideration of feedback on the academic selectivity criteria in CAEP Standard 3.  The Board has listened carefully to a variety of perspectives.

CAEP’s mission is to transform educator preparation so that graduates can help improve P-12 student learning. The CAEP Standards, adopted in 2013, are an essential means to achieving this commitment to our nation’s children. Research indicates that quality instruction and leadership are the most important school-based factors related to student achievement and learning. The National Research Council’s Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy (2010) and many other reports identify selectivity of candidates as one of the primary variables that providers can adjust to influence the success of their completers. CAEP’s Standard 3 uses challenging admissions selectivity criteria and continuous quality monitoring so that completers will achieve greater success with P-12 student learning.

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CAEP Volunteer Corps Call for Service

Volunteers are vital to the CAEP Accreditation process. We are seeking professionals dedicated to improving education for P-12 learners – through quality educator preparation.  Learn more about the CAEP Volunteer Corps Call for Service.

NOTE: The Online Volunteer Application (OVA) is a separate system from AIMS; therefore, you will need to create a new account in OVA if you are using it for the first time.

CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs Adopted

On June 5, 2014, at the CAEP Board of Directors meeting, the CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs, were approved and adopted. The Standards for Advanced Programs mirror the same principles of rigor, evidence and outcomes focus of the CAEP Standards.

The CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs were based on the recommendations provided by the Standards Standing Committee. Public review of a draft of the Standards for Advanced Programs supported the acceptance of the Standards as presented in the first draft. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) submitted an application to The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). On June 9-10, 2014, the committee reviewed the application and is recommending to the CHEA Board of Directors that CAEP be granted recognition. UPDATED: The recommendation from the committee was considered and approved by the CHEA Board at its meeting on September 29-30, 2014.