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Feedback on Accreditation Standards for Educator Preparation Due March 29

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“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.

As the new national accreditor for educator preparation, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is seeking public comments on the draft of the next generation of accreditation standards for educator preparation developed by the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. All stakeholders in education and educator preparation are encouraged to review the draft standards and submit feedback by March 29, 2013, via http://standards.caepnet.org.

“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 nation has raised the bar for our students and for our teachers. Today’s teachers must challenge and engage all learners. Now we must raise the bar for preparation programs to help the nation meet these ambitious goals.”

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

Accreditation is a nongovernmental 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 and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

More information about CAEP and the Commission is available at http://caepnet.org/.

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