FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kaaryn Keller, Director of Communications
June 18, 2013 E-mail: press@caepnet.org

Inaugural Board of Directors Named for New National Accreditor

(WASHINGTON) Much could be said about the details of NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review, which comes on the heels of the culmination of CAEP’s Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. While the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is still examining the report, it is important to make clear how national accreditation differs from rating systems such as NCTQ.

Consensus on Rigorous Standards

In its work as the new unified national accreditor for educator preparation, CAEP will rely on rigorous standards that are built on a broad consensus across educator preparation stakeholders, data users, and policymakers.

CAEP accreditation will strengthen the quality of evidence measuring whether programs prepare effective teachers. It supports multiple measures. It judges programs by the impact that completers have on P-12 student learning and development. It requires providers to report their performance, discuss it with stakeholders, and use data to continuously monitor and improve their performance. The bar will be set high so that attaining accreditation status will be a meaningful achievement.

Leveraging Reform

CAEP accreditation is about leveraging other reform efforts to transform educator preparation in our nation. The CAEP Commission aligned its work with a variety of other efforts, including college- and career-ready standards, the new InTASC standards, the 2012 report by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Task Force on Education Preparation and Entry into the Profession, and other national reports related to education reform. Leverage points within the standards include:

  • Emphasizing P-12 student learning—Preparation must be judged by outcomes and impacts in the classroom.
  • Building partnerships and strong clinical experiences—Educator preparation providers must collaborate with schools and districts to prepare candidates who enter the classroom ready to help all students learn at high levels.
  • Raising and assuring candidate quality—From recruitment and admission, through preparation, and at exit, educator preparation providers must prepare an education workforce that is more able and more representative of America’s diverse population.
  • Including all providers—Unlike NCTQ, CAEP will apply its standards and quality assurance process to all providers, not only those in higher education. This will promote excellence and innovation across the entire system of educator preparation.

Transparency of Process and Outcomes

Transparency is one of CAEP’s hallmarks. In contrast to NCTQ, CAEP sets clear expectations for the use of evidence in its decisions and gives educator preparation providers the opportunity to respond before final decisions are made.

The process for setting CAEP standards also has been transparent. The CAEP Commission meetings were open to the public, and there was a public review period during which education stakeholders including not only those from preparation programs, but also P-12 educators, parents, prospective teachers, policymakers, and more, provided feedback for the Commission to review in its final revisions.

Accountability

As a national accreditor, CAEP must meet the standards of two approval bodies – the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

CAEP will require educator preparation providers to follow their completers into their first years of practice to determine a positive impact on P-12 student learning. Data will be reported annually and publicly, and will be used to require the continuous improvement of preparation programs.

CAEP is poised to work with states and educator preparation providers to ensure that P-12 students are prepared to compete in today’s global economy.

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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.