Charleston, W.Va. – In a visionary move, The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) earlier this month adopted nationally-recognized teacher preparation standards and the accreditation process. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards set the foundation for teacher preparation programs across the nation to better serve all PreK-12 students.
The standards are based on evidence, continuous improvement, innovation and clinical practice, to ensure that accredited teacher education providers are preparing educators who are classroom-ready and demonstrably raise learning for all students.
“CAEP is raising the bar for educator preparation, ensuring providers are producing highly effective teachers for every classroom and helping to ensure that all students are prepared to compete in today’s global economy,” said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. “The CAEP Standards guarantee that no matter where teacher candidates choose to complete their degree, there is consistency in their coursework and expectations.”
The WVBE takes its responsibility to guide the institutions of higher education in the creation and operation of their preparation programs very seriously. The adoption of the CAEP Standards comes after more than a year of study by the WVBE‘s High Quality Educators Stakeholder Group.
The CAEP Standards have been endorsed by a wide variety of organizations. They represent a path-breaking effort by CAEP to unify stakeholders, including critics, around rigorous accreditation standards and evidence. By raising the bar for accreditation, CAEP intends to assure that all accredited teacher preparation providers effectively meet the demands of the nation’s education workforce, that new teachers are classroom-ready and that they are prepared to meet the new challenges facing our schools and PreK-12 students.
The approved standards can be found by visiting http://caepnet.org/accreditation/standards/ . Having CAEP as the accrediting agency for all West Virginia educator preparation programs will be required by the fall of 2016.
For more information contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.