AACTE Continues Survey on Data Use in Programs

This summer, Chief Representatives at 400 randomly selected AACTE member institutions are participating in a survey on data use in their teacher preparation programs. If your institution has been invited but has not yet participated, please complete the survey to inform our future technical assistance and other member services around data use.

Each survey respondent receives an Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation. What’s more, some participants report a benefit from the survey itself. One dean said the survey “posed so many great, thoughtful questions and really forced me to think through our programs and how we are/are not using data effectively. I’d love to use this survey with faculty in my school at our retreat in August. I’d like each program area to talk through this as a vehicle for helping them think through where they want to go and what they want our programs to be.”

We will use the survey results to identify areas of need to inform development of technical assistance materials that will be made available to all AACTE member institutions. We also plan to develop a self-assessment tool that can be used by institutions to reflect on their practices and further develop their work around data use.

This project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, has entailed collaboration between AACTE and the University of Washington over the last 2 years to study how teacher preparation programs are learning to use new sources of outcome data for the purposes of program improvement. The project is slated to end this fall.

For more information, contact Gail Bozeman, AACTE vice president for events and strategic initiatives.

The study’s principal investigators at the University of Washington are Charles (Cap) Peck and Morva McDonald. Cap Peck is professor of teacher education and special education in the University of Washington College of Education.

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Cap Peck

Professor of Teacher Education and Special Education, University of Washington

Gail Bozeman

Chief of Staff, AACTE