New York State Regents Begin Conversation on Options for Educator Preparation Program Accreditation.
At its discussion on 12/12/2017, the Higher Education Committee to the New York State Board of Regents voted to consider initiating a regulatory change at its January 2018 Board meeting. The Regents and Commissioner discussed the value of considering additional accreditation options for educator preparation programs in New York. The following record of the item and discussion are available on the NYSED website:
“Discussion of Whether Educator Preparation Programs Should be Considered Continuously Accredited If They Apply for Accreditation Through an Alternative Professional Association that is Seeking Recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE)
Your Committee discussed a conceptual approach to consider educator preparation programs continuously accredited if they apply to an association that is applying to USDE or CHEA for national recognition within a certain time period. Your Committee approved this approach. Therefore, the Department will bring to the Board at its January 2018 meeting a proposed regulatory change to Section 52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to consider EPPs participating in an alternative accreditation process to be continuously accredited for program registration purposes. HE (D) 1”
AAQEP is encouraged by the discussion and looks forward to working closely with all entities involved in preparing educators in New York.
AAQEP is pleased to announce the convening of its Inaugural Annual Meeting and Quality Assurance Symposium in Baltimore, MD on February 28 2018.
The Symposium will provide participants with a thorough overview of AAQEP’s accreditation standards and processes. The morning will include presentation of foundational expectations. The afternoon sessions will provide hands-on engagement with ‘contextual’ standards. Participants will walk away with practices and plans that can be implemented to strengthen quality assurance system at an institution using the AAQEP framework.
Please register here. Space is limited.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Baltimore.
Working together for quality and innovation
Agenda at a glance
Session 1: Basics of AAQEP Accreditation
Session 2: Expectations and Evidence
This interactive session will be framed around AAQEP’s consensus standards for educator preparation. Participants will inventory and prioritize the evidence that best reflects their program’s quality, and that best supports innovation and improvement.
Session 3: Your Audience, Your Mission
Each institution serves a unique audience of prospective educators. AAQEP’s quality assurance expectations invite institutions to base their recruitment and admissions practices on their mission, location, and partners (i.e. there are no testing or pre-specified admissions requirements). In this session, you will work in consultation with colleagues to hone your approach to recruiting for mission and diversity, and for supporting candidates through completion as part of an overall quality assurance system.
Session 4: Partnership with Purpose
All preparation programs rely on partners in the P12 sector and beyond to ensure that their candidates are prepared and practiced professionals as they enter the educator workforce. AAQEP’s expectations invite programs to develop and document partnerships that support preparation and support partner schools and districts. In this session, you will work with colleagues to explore potential models of engagement and collaboration along with strategies for using evidence to strengthen and improve all aspects, in the spirit of John Goodlad’s notion of simultaneous renewal.
Blogger Roberta Ross-Fisher's thoughtful post supports the idea of multiple accreditors serving the field of educator preparation. She notes that AAQEP's approach "creates a space for freedom of choice and mission-specific program design while ensuring academic excellence."
Ross-Fisher lists three reasons why multiple accreditors benefit the field:
AAQEP recognizes the benefits specialized education Accreditors like the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (USDE recognized) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children bring to our field as well.
Please click here to read Dr. Roberta Ross-Fisher's complete commentary on multiple accreditors for the field of educator preparation.
Please click here to read the Education Week article on AAQEP request for feedback on the Framework and it's analysis on the AAQEP Framework.
On behalf of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, I invite you to study and respond to AAQEP’s Accreditation Framework. Developed by teams of educators from across the country, the framework outlines AAQEP’s standards for candidate performance and program practice, accreditation process, and means of ensuring capacity for consistency in decisions.
You can access an explanation and presentation of the framework here, and the online feedback form here.
Feedback will be taken through the end of November; in December, all feedback will be used to create the final set of standards and processes which will be posted in January of 2018.
The teams are eager to get as much feedback as possible from colleagues in schools, colleges, and universities, from students and graduates of educator preparation programs, from policy makers, and from the public at large. Please provide us with your feedback, and pass these links along to your colleagues and stakeholders.
Thanks for your input!
All the best,
Mark LaCelle-Peterson, Ed.D.
Founding Team Member and President
The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) today announced that Sandra J. Doran, Esq., Senior Policy Director, New England Board of Higher Education, has been elected Chair of AAQEP’s Board of Directors.
“Sandra is a pioneer in the field of higher education, and we are excited to welcome her as Chair of AAQEP’s Board”, said Mark LaCelle –Peterson, President of AAQEP. “We believe that her strong leadership and deep commitment to high quality educator preparation in both online and on-ground institutions will be extremely valuable in establishing AAQEP as an innovative force in accreditation.”
Ms Doran said “We need to prepare educators to adapt to an ever-changing educational landscape. I have worked with the members of the AAQEP team and share their passion for accelerating change and achieving this goal.”
Ms. Doran graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University.
The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, or AAQEP, was highlighted in an October 13 Education Week article on the state of quality assurance in educator preparation. AAQEP president and CEO, Dr. Mark LaCelle-Peterson, was quoted saying that AAQEP seeks to simultaneously support and foster innovation while providing quality assurance and accountability. AAQEP seeks to provide a structure that would facilitate solving national issues at the local level because it believes that local improvement and innovation are what drive the field forward nationally.
In addition to Drs. David Cantaffa, Mark LaCelle-Peterson and Joseph Lubig, other working group members, Drs. Virginia Goatley, Christine Carrino Gorowara, Aaron Popham and Catherine Wigent were also interviewed by Education Week regarding AAQEP and their involvement in its development. Respecting local context, celebrating variation, and supporting innovation while upholding standards of the field under a rigorous process are common reasons.
The AAQEP website provides more information on the three working groups: Expectations (Standards and Evidence), Process, and Consistency & Capacity, their charges and its members who are framing AAQEP’s work. As the Education Week article pointed out, all of these individuals as well as staff have extensive experience in quality assurance and have been involved in NCATE, TEAC, CAEP, and regional accreditation at individual, institutional, state, and national levels. AAQEP sincerely appreciates the effort and support these and other quality assurance professionals have given.
After its work with the volunteers over the summer, AAQEP anticipates the release of its frameworks (not its standards and process) for public input later this month so that AAQEP expectations and process can truly be reflective of the latest research and needs of the field.
The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) is pleased to announce that on October 6, 2017 the Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board approved AAQEP as an accrediting organization for its educator preparation programs (EPPs). For detailed information regarding the resolution, please visit the HITSB website. AAQEP appreciates the recognition and looks forward to working with EPPs in Hawai’i.
The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) is a quality assurance association founded in 2017 by professionals in the field of educator preparation. AAQEP (www.aaqep.org) is dedicated to strengthening P-20 education through excellent, innovative preparation of educators. AAQEP works with states and with individual, institutional and affiliate members to support programs that prepare and support effective professional educators.
AAQEP is developing its framework in collaboration and cooperation with educator preparation providers and state education authorities from 14 states. The quality assurance and accreditation system we are building will be grounded in a consensus regarding expectations and a commitment to consistency. The initial draft will be widely circulated for discussion and feedback beginning in the early part of October, and the groups will work together again in December to distill the feedback and refine the framework. Version 1.0 will be posted in January of 2018, and institutions will be invited to begin preparation for national accreditation.
On September 7, 2017, AAQEP Board of Directors voted to adopt a policy to recognize accreditation granted by other accreditors unanimously to streamline the process for member onboarding.
The language of the policy is as follows:
"AAQEP recognizes the accreditation conferred by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and any accreditor recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
Institutions or providers of educator preparation that join AAQEP as Regular Members, and which are accredited by an AAQEP-recognized accreditor, shall be granted pre-accreditation status with AAQEP for the full term of their accreditation by the recognized accreditor, provided the provider continues to be approved by the state or states in which operates, supports the mission and goals of AAQEP, and provides evidence of program performance as requested by AAQEP staff and consistent with AAQEP annual data reporting requirements."
If you have questions about this particular policy, please feel free to contact us.