New NAEd Report on Program Evaluations Underscores Validity, Multi-Measure Assessments

On October 25, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) released Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Programs: Purposes, Methods, and Policy Options, a report that aims to provide clearer information and direction around evaluation measures and systems in educator preparation.

AACTE commends the emphasis in the report on validity and agrees with the authors’ conclusions that program evaluation should be adaptable and part of a multiple-measure system.

“The National Academy of Education report is right to stress the need for validity, reliability, and integrity to guide our work as we determine the best way to measure educator preparation programs’ effectiveness,” said AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson. “Bringing to bear the best research and scientific methods on this topic is essential. Moreover, AACTE appreciates the NAEd’s recognition of edTPA as an integral part of the conversation on program evaluation methods. We look forward to sharing data and analysis on the validity and reliability of edTPA as it becomes available.”

Read AACTE’s official press statement on the NAEd report.

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Lisa Johnson Kiefer

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications, AACTE