The CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will transform the preparation of teachers by creating a rigorous system of accreditation that demands excellence and produces teachers who raise student achievement. Specifically, the Commission will develop 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 will recommend transparent CAEP public accountability reporting with multiple measures, including those directly linked to student achievement.
America's students are graduating unprepared for college and career, lagging behind other industrialized countries in knowledge and skills demanded in a today's global economy. Decades of research shows that great teaching is the single most important factor on student achievement in the classroom, yet many students do not have access to effective teachers. Leaders of school districts and policymakers nationwide have raised concerns that today's teacher preparation programs are not producing teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to raise student achievement. In this context, accreditation must be a strong lever in shaping educator preparation and assure the public of the rigor of teacher education programs. Accreditation is sometimes criticized for its lack of transparency and focus on inputs rather than outcomes. It is imperative for accrediting bodies to respond by redesigning accreditation, placing evidence and quality improvement central to their mission.
The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) – the new professional accreditation organization for teacher education programs in the United States – has charged a high profile Commission with developing rigorous, evidence-based standards to transform teacher education. CAEP is the product of two earlier accrediting bodies – the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). With emerging evidence, data streams, and the most sweeping education reforms in decades, CAEP is poised to raise the bar for teacher education with the goal of producing great teachers for every classroom. The CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is the first step in using accreditation to leverage change in teacher preparation and helping to ensure that our students are prepared to compete in today's global economy.