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.