Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs Commissioned Papers
The Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs commissioned paper series is part of the Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs project by the National Academy of Education (NAEd) that aims to identify best practices among existing models of evaluation tools and provide recommendations for the development of new models.
The commissioned papers will be published on a rolling basis, and the first two papers are released now.
This commissioned paper series covers key aspects of teacher preparation and evaluation methods that support high-quality preparation and continuous program improvement. The paper series will inform the writing of a consensus study report, which is currently in development under the guidance of the steering committee.
Additional topics that will be addressed in this paper series include:
- Landscape of Teacher Preparation Program Evaluation Policies and Progress;
- Landscape of Teacher Preparation Programs and Teacher Candidates;
- Evaluation of Clinical Component of Teacher Education Programs;
- Teacher Performance Assessments;
- Best Practices for the Use of Survey and Accreditation; and
- International Insights on Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs.
Please check back on our project website for the forthcoming publications.
The NAEd has undertaken a three-year study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on the evaluation and improvement of teacher preparation programs (TPPs). The project aims to identify best practices among existing models of evaluation tools and provide recommendations for the development of new models. Major outcomes of this project include (1) a republished 2013 NAEd report on the evaluation of TPPs (as a multi-layered website), (2) a commissioned paper series, (3) a contracted landscape analysis of state systems for evaluating TPPs, and (4) a peer-reviewed consensus study.
As part of this initiative, the NAEd has re-published the 2013 NAEd report on teacher education as a website that provides research-driven tools and information for stakeholders interested in evaluating and improving teacher preparation programs. The website provides interactive tools and features as well as highlights key information for stakeholder groups including the federal government, state governments, national accreditation agencies, media and other independent organizations, and teacher preparation programs.
A landscape analysis of state systems for evaluating teacher preparation programs conducted by our contracted partner the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is expected to be released in October 2021. The steering committee is currently working on the development of the final consensus report.