The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the CAEP Standards for Educator Preparation. The CAEP Board of Directors received recommendations from a task force charged with reviewing the standards and has approved a public comment period through November 2,2020.
The CAEP Standards are important because they give those we accredit, school districts, states, teacher candidates, and members of the public a basis for mutual understanding. Standards specify the level of quality that is expected. They also serve as tools to facilitate communication and measurement of progress toward reaching goals. Without them, judgements about quality are likely to be subjective, arbitrary, biased, and potentially unfair. Without agreed upon standards, the notion that “anyone can be a teacher” is defensible.
CAEP’s Bylaws require a review of standards every seven years. The refinement of CAEP standards demonstrates the organization’s commitment to continuous improvement. CAEP’s decision to incorporate the additional areas required by the U.S. Department of Education also demonstrates CAEP’s commitment to continuous improvement. If CAEP is successful in obtaining recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Education, accreditation can be used for providers without regional accreditation to access federal funds for their candidates.
A task force on revising the standards used information about the implementation of the Standards from nearly 300 providers to make CAEP standards clearer, less redundant, and more relevant to preparing high quality educators. The Task Force also incorporated feedback from CAEP’s Research Committee and CAEP’s Committee on Equity and Diversity.
Interested parties are asked to review the proposed changes to the CAEP Standards and provide written comment by November 2, 2020. If approved, the revised standards will go into effect during the Spring 2022 semester.
Link to the revised standards document
CAEP Revised Standards Public Comment