February 28, 2013
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting recently released its next generation draft accreditation standards for educator preparation for public input and feedback.
According to CAEP, the Commission has set challenging goals to enhance the value of teacher accreditation – goals that will change the guidelines for accreditation of educator preparation programs and add value to states that are in the process of reforming preparation policy.
The five standards drafted by the Commission are: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge; Clinical Partnerships and Practice; Candidate Quality, Recruitment and Selectivity; Program Impact; and Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity. They also recommended that CAEP gather data from all providers and monitor them annually, identifying significant amounts of change in program impact and program outcomes.
The comment period for the draft will run from February 22-March 29, 2013. Afterwards, the Commission will consider the feedback received in developing its final recommendations to the CAEP Board. To review the next generation of accreditation standards draft, click here. To submit a comment, go here.
CAEP, the only accreditor for educator preparation in the United States, was chosen to develop the accreditation standards based on evidence, continuous improvement, innovation, and clinical practice for all preparation providers. CAEP was also charged with recommending transparent public accountability reporting with multiple measures, including those directly linked to student achievement.
CAEP was formed through the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to promote effective teaching and raise the stature of the entire profession. Information on accreditation processes, governance, and other related information about CAEP, can be found on their website.