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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards review


Rebecca Pringle, NEA Secretary-Treasurer, has served for the past year on the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting (CAEP). CAEP  is the new sole accreditor for teacher preparation in the United States. NEA has a long history of participating in the work of NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) accreditation and in the last two years NCATE has been consolidating with another organization to become CAEP.

The CAEP Commission, comprised of 41 officials representing a wide range of diverse stakeholders, was charged with developing the next generation of accreditation standards for all teacher preparation providers. These new standards are meant to further increase the quality of the preparation of teachers by focusing on the evidence, continuous improvement, innovation, and clinical practices of providers.

On February 15th, 2013, the draft recommendations of the new CAEP standards were made available and the public comment period will last until March 29th at the website http://standards.caepnet.org. As a member of the Commission and chair of the Commission sub-group on Clinical Partnerships and Practice, she urges you to not only take the time yourself to review these draft standards and provide comments, but also encourage all of our members to participate in this process.

This standards review process provides an opportunity for teachers’ voices to be heard in order to impact the way in which teacher candidates enter our profession. Our profession is often criticized for allowing individuals into teaching who should have been counseled out before they became the sole adult responsible for student learning. Participating in a standards setting process for profession entry shows the world that the NEA and its members believe how important it is that every candidate be prepared to teach from their first day responsible for students.

Again, the review site, http://standards.caepnet.org, will remain open until March 29th. After receiving all public comments, the CAEP Commission will meet again in May to make final standards recommendations and the final standards will be released this summer.

Thank you for your willingness to participate and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, Becky Pringle (bpringle@nea.org)) or our NEA Teacher Quality staff member Ann Nutter Coffman (acoffman@nea.org).


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