| 03/21/2012 05:06 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the organization that unifies the accreditation process for colleges and universities who prepare individuals who want to work in Pre-K through 12th grade environments. CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is a high profile, broad based group of educators who will develop high standards that will bring greater rigor to education preparation, while fostering innovation and continuous improvement in programs that produce teachers and other education professionals.
Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, associate vice president of Academic Affairs was selected to serve as a member of this commission because of her leadership roles on the Unit Accreditation Board's Standards Committee, as chairperson of the new International Committee, and her prior membership on NCATE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Experience.
"If this country is going to compete in a global environment it is imperative to build a world class system for educating all students. CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will be an opportunity to set standards to prepare professionals who will ensure that all students learn," said Marshall-Bradley.
The Commission includes prominent critics of teacher education, as well as deans of schools of education; content experts in mathematics and reading; P-12 teacher, principal, and school superintendent leadership; alternative provider/charter leadership; state policymakers; representatives of education policy/advocacy organizations; and public members.
The Commission is taking the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning to the next level. The Panel’s report, released a year ago, said it was time to “turn teacher education upside-down.” That Panel urged increased oversight and expectations for educator preparation and the expansion of new delivery models in which teacher candidates work more directly in clinically based settings from the beginning of their preparation as in medical education. The panel also called for preparation programs to operate in new types of partnerships between higher education and P-12 schools in which both systems share responsibility for preparation.
“To attain or to continue professional accreditation, preparation providers will need to indicate evidence of effectiveness through data on candidate performance, and show how they are using the data for program improvement,” said James G. Cibulka, president of NCATE and CAEP.
For more information, see CAEP Updates at www.ncate.org or http://www.ncate.org/Public/Newsroom/CAEPUpdates/tabid/788/Default.aspx. You can also visit www.caepsite.org and http://www.teac.org/news-events/caep/.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to become operational in 2013, will accredit over 900 teacher education institutions across the nation, producing approximately 175,000 graduates annually.
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