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CAEP Commission releases agreement on recommendations to transform educator preparation

NEA’s Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle: NEA is committed to teacher quality reform


WASHINGTON - July 10, 2013 -

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting today released a set of path-breaking standards and recommendations around accreditation processes for educator preparation providers.

“NEA is committed to teacher quality reform and to supporting and redefining teacher effectiveness,” said NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle. “We need to strengthen the standards for all teacher preparation programs to ensure that all of our students have effective, quality teachers in their classrooms.”

Although NEA supports the recommendations, NEA emphasizes that the use of student impact measures should only be one evidence point of many in looking at teacher preparation programs. The Commission recommended that CAEP continually reexamine the methodologies around student impact measures so that accreditation standards and processes reflect the profession’s best current thinking on the appropriate use of these evidence measures for program improvement and accreditation decisions.

“If we want systems that help all students reach their full potential, we must allow educators, parents, students and communities to be a part of the process and have a stronger voice in the conversations around high-quality assessments that really do support student learning,” said Pringle. “Through rigorous preparation programs, higher salaries, high-quality professional development and continuing growth through National Board Certification, we can make great public schools and highly qualified teachers a reality for every student.”

The CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting was charged with transforming the preparation of teachers and creating a rigorous system of accreditation that demands excellence and produces high quality teachers. The Commission developed accreditation standards for all preparation programs that are based on evidence, continuous improvement, innovation, and clinical practice. Along with rigorous standards and evidence, the Commission recommended transparent CAEP public accountability reporting with multiple measures. The CAEP Board of Directors will consider adopting the recommendations later this summer.

“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 standards for entry into the profession and improve teaching and learning for all students,” said NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle. “We’ve said all along that this is not work that NEA can do alone. We are pleased that the invaluable insights and experiences of educators are reflected in these timely and important recommendations, designed to help transform our profession and public education.

Pringle was appointed to CAEP’s Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting in February 2012. Formed through the unification of two accreditation 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 pledges 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.

View the standards recommendations at http://caepnet.org/commission/standards/

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