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Accreditation issues: Your opportunity

On June 12, 2019, the Department of Education (DOE) released its proposed rule on accreditation issues. It includes changes to:

  • Allow colleges to outsource programs and add new programs to branch campuses without accreditor approval.
  • Allow substantive changes to be approved by senior department staff rather than through a full accrediting assessment.
  • Extend the amount of time an accreditor or an institution would have to come into compliance with federal standards.

While DOE officials claim that looser standards would encourage innovation, many education advocates believe the changes would open the floodgates to abuses that would harm students and increase costs to taxpayers.

The DOE press release announcing the rule is here, with a link to its proposal. After comments are received, DOE has until November 1 to finalize the rule in order for it to take effect by July 1, 2020. On previous occasions, when many comments have been filed, DOE has missed those deadlines, which results in the rule being delayed for another year.


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Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers
Welcome to Supporting Pre-Service Teachers! This group is for educators who work with and support pre-service teachers. Pre-Service and Early Career teachers will also benefit from joining this group. Mentors and cooperating teachers are strongly encouraged to join! Notes of encouragement, sharing of resources, good articles, and venting is welcome too. This group is solutions driven - the goal is to find realistic solutions to support our pre-service and cooperating teachers and address any concerns and questions that come up.

ESSA Implementation
Welcome to the ESSA Implementation group! Collectively, we have the opportunity to drive a student-centered agenda as part of the implementation process for the Every Student Succeeds Act. April Reisma, Arkansas, is the facilitator of this group. Feel free to reach out to her for comments or questions!

FL Evaluation and PD
Is the evaluation system giving you trouble? Do you want to know the most up to date information? Then no need to look any further! This site will allow you to find the most up to date information regarding the evaluation system for your county in Florida. This site will look at both Robert Marzano's and Charlotte Danielson's model to help you navigate through your specific evaluation system to allow for both your student's and your professional success. This site will also provide Professional Development for all educators, including the required 20 hour ESE recertification requirement class.