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NEA’s Pringle helps lead new commission on teacher prep

Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle appointed to CAEP Commission

WASHINGTON - February 29, 2012 -

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle has been appointed to the newly formed Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. A high-profile commission on standards and performance reporting, the group will develop rigorous accreditation standards for educator training that will raise the bar for preparation providers. Formed through the unification of two organizations charged with assuring quality in educator preparation—the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)—CAEP has pledged to use multiple measures in its evaluation system, including new sources of data from state longitudinal databases, give increased attention to recruiting and admissions, and expect accredited preparation providers to take bold steps to recruit, prepare, and help develop effective teachers.  The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to become operational in 2013, will accredit more than 900 teacher education institutions across the nation, producing approximately 175,000 graduates annually.

“For the past few years, NEA has been working diligently to transform the profession of teaching by looking at new and different ways that we, as educators, can increase our accountability, improve learning conditions and raise the bar for entry into the profession,” said NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle. “I am honored that CAEP has acknowledged our hard work in this area and has asked me to represent the organization and share the learning and research that NEA has already done as part of our ‘Leading The Profession’ initiatives.  We’ve said all along that this is not work that NEA can do alone, and we are pleased that the accreditation community is joining us and including our work in this very timely and important step in transforming public education.”

In December 2011, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel laid out a new action agenda for the nation’s largest organization of educators that will help advance the union’s goals of transforming the teaching profession and accelerating student learning. Incorporating proven best practices from thousands of leading teachers, Van Roekel detailed three major strategies that will guide the union’s efforts to increase the quality of teacher candidates before they ever reach the classroom, to make sure that teachers remain at the top of their game throughout their careers, and to improve student learning by improving the teaching profession.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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