Draft of Educator Preparation Accreditation Standards Released for Public Comment

Today, the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting released for public comment its draft recommendations for the next generation of accreditation standards for educator preparation. Comments will be accepted at http://standards.caepnet.org February 22– March 29, 2013.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the new sole accreditor for educator preparation in the United States.

“CAEP is a new kind of accrediting body that drives innovation and change, and this next generation of standards is a key part of that,” said CAEP President James G. Cibulka.

The Commission was charged with developing – for all preparation providers – the next generation of accreditation standards based on evidence, continuous improvement, innovation, and clinical practice. The Commission was also charged with recommending transparent CAEP public accountability reporting with multiple measures, including those directly linked to student achievement.

“CAEP’s leaders have set challenging goals to both enhance the value of accreditation and foster innovation,” said Camilla Benbow, Commission co-chair and Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. “The potential for CAEP to make a decisive impact on educator preparation is why Commission members are responding to their charge, eagerly searching for appropriate ways to maximize the considerable leverage that the accreditation process can create.”

Representatives of diverse and often divergent views and perspectives were invited to serve on the Commission to help shape the new accreditation standards. The Commission make-up reflects a partnership between educator preparation providers, policy makers, thought leaders, and P-12 educators, signaling the new demands for collaboration that CAEP expects.

Accreditation is a non-governmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and motivating improvement. More than 900 educator preparation providers will initially participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).