CAEP will develop and implement an agenda for research and innovation to foster continuous improvement in educator preparation.
Explanation: CAEP will build a network of agencies, organizations, institutions, and experts and work with these partners to create and implement a research agenda to support innovation and evidence-based exemplary practices in the field of educator preparation. CAEP will seek opportunities to implement or support the implementation of identified research priorities.  CAEP will also engage in research on its own practices with the aim of increasing the accuracy and transparency of the accreditation process with an emphasis of enhancing the quality of evidence, including measures of pupil learning, brought to bear in the process.

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CAEP Endeavors to Advance Research and Innovation

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  • Commissioned Report: Building an Evidence-Based System for Teacher Preparation
    CAEP commissioned a report from Teacher Preparation Analytics (TPA) to help move forward the creation of a more evidence-based system of teacher preparation. CAEP intends the TPA Report and their suggested Key Effectiveness Indicators as a starting point for a much needed discussion of measures, alignment, and collaboration. Read the report highlights.
  • From Good to Great: Exemplary Teachers Share Perspectives on Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Across the Career Continuum
    CAEP partnered with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) to develop a survey, study, and results report of what excellent educators (State and National Teachers of the Year) themselves believe are the most critical factors that increase teacher effectiveness. This report is a first-of-its-kind exploratory survey of National and State Teachers of the Year, reflecting on various stages of their teaching experience. Common themes have emerged on what makes excellent teachers from surveys completed by teachers recognized for their excellence. (Current, follow-up study is in early stages.) The full report, executive summary, and a discussion starter tool are all available to read now.
  • Student Data Principles: Data Quality Campaign Partners with CAEP, Others to Safeguard Students’ Personal Information
    CAEP is proud to have joined with voices at all levels of the education system—from parents to school administrators to state education chiefs—to support student learning through effective education data use and safeguarding students’ personal information.  Visit to find out more!
  • Updated CAEP Policy: Research, Training, and Data Confidentiality
    Recently, CAEP’s Research Committee took action necessary to advance our strategic goal 3; CAEP’s data access policy was revised to remove contradictory information and create a research-friendly policy that and promotes shared knowledge. These policy changes are available to you now - click here to view. CAEP’s complete, updated Policy Manual will be available in the coming months.

Learn About Current Innovation Networks

  • Networked Improvement Community (NIC) to Improve Educator Preparation for Work with Families
    Using a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) model, innovative solutions, that can be quickly and affordably implemented into the teacher preparation classroom to better prepare teachers to partner with families to best serve the needs of increasingly diverse P-12 learners, will be developed and tested. This project, supported by a grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), is a partnership among CAEP, Education Preparation Programs (EPPs), Boards of Education, local schools and families in DC, Georgia and Illinois.  The partner educator preparation providers (EPPs) are as follows:

    • DC: George Washington University, Howard University Teach-Now, Trinity Washington University
    • GA: Albany State University, Columbus State University and Georgia State University 
    • IL: National Louis University, Trinity Christian College

Members of the NIC include EPP faculty, candidates, mentor teachers, school administrators, and parents.