2017 General Teacher Preparation Policy
The state's approval process for teacher preparation programs should hold programs accountable for the quality of the teachers they produce. This goal was reorganized in 2017.
Minimum Standards of Performance: Washington is in the process of developing and making public minimum standards of performance for programs. The state is planning to complete this work in fall 2017. Currently, Washington does not set minimum standards of performance for the data collected on teacher preparation programs.
Program Accountability: Washington is in the process of developing a system to hold programs accountable for meeting minimum standards of performance. The state is planning to complete this work in fall 2017. Washington does not currently hold programs accountable for meeting minimum standards of performance and does not articulate consequences for failing to meet specific criteria.
State Report Cards: Washington does not produce and publish an annual report card that shows all the data the state collects on individual teacher preparation programs. In the past, the state published data collected about programs, but this is no longer available.
Program approval process: Washington maintains full authority over teacher preparation program approval.
Washington Administrative Code 181-78A Indicator-Based Evaluation Project http://program.pesb.wa.gov/indicator Teacher Indicators http://program.pesb.wa.gov/indicator/teacher-indicators Standard II - Accountability and Program Improvement http://program.pesb.wa.gov/standards/standard-2 Washington Teacher Preparation Programs http://program.pesb.wa.gov/approved
Continue to establish minimum standards and accountability systems for programs.
Washington is commended for taking steps toward both specifying minimum standards and holding programs accountable to those standards. Washington should continue to prioritize this work.
Publish an annual report card on the state's website.
Washington should resume the practice of making program information public by producing an annual report card that clearly displays program-level data the state collects on individual teacher preparation programs. This report card should be publicly available on the state's website, at a minimum. Data should be presented in a manner that transparently conveys whether programs have met performance standards.
Washington recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
1D: Program Reporting Requirements
The state should examine a number of factors when measuring the performance of and approving teacher preparation programs. Although the quality of both the subject-matter preparation and professional sequence is crucial, there are also additional measures that can provide the state and the public with meaningful, readily understandable indicators of how well programs are doing when it comes to preparing teachers to be successful in the classroom.
States have made great strides in building data systems with the capacity to provide evidence of teacher performance. These same data systems can be used to link teacher effectiveness to the teacher preparation programs from which they came. States should make such data, as well as other objective measures that go beyond licensure test pass rates, central components of their teacher preparation program approval processes, and they should establish precise standards for performance that are more useful for accountability purposes.
National accrediting bodies, such as CAEP, are raising the bar, but are no substitute for states' own policy. A number of states now have somewhat more rigorous academic standards for admission by virtue of requiring that programs meet CAEP's accreditation standards. However, whether CAEP will uniformly uphold its standards (especially as they have already backtracked on the GPA requirement) and deny accreditation to programs that fall short of these admission requirements remains to be seen. Clear state policy would eliminate this uncertainty and send an unequivocal message to programs about the state's expectations.