CAEP Board Chair Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

This afternoon, Mary Brabeck, Chair of the CAEP Board of Directors, delivered a statement before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The topic was “Teacher Preparation: Ensuring a Quality Teacher in Every Classroom,” and emphasized the “vital role that accreditation in educator preparation plays in informing policymakers, providers and candidates about the quality of preparation programs and whether the professional standards are being met.” To view the video from the hearing, visit the Senate HELP Committee site.
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CAEP Call for Service Open

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.
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CAEP To Take On New Role with Elementary Education

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

CAEP Signs MOU with Saudi Accreditation Commission

saudi_mouOn 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.
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CAEP Statement on Massachusetts’ Release of Teacher Evaluation Results

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.

Statement from CAEP Leadership

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…

New Accreditation Standards Adopted

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.

Inaugural Board of Directors Named for New National Accreditor

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…