ERIC Number: ED417192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State Evaluation of Teacher Preservice Programs. Texas and Florida. An Issue Paper.
Florida and Texas have tied evaluation of preservice teacher programs to performance measures. These reforms may have an impact on the functioning of teacher education programs within their institutions of higher education (IHE's). In 1996, Florida's State Board of Education adopted the Florida Education Standards Commission's (ECS) Recommendation on Performance Standards for Continuing Program Approval of Preservice Teacher Education Programs. This includes five indicators or performance standards for continuing preservice program approval: candidate demonstration of knowledge and skills upon preservice completion; successful performance on the Florida Teacher Certification Examination; inclusion of program components mandated by state statute or rule; diversity of enrollment in preservice programs; and satisfaction of employing districts with beginning teachers. Initial program approval for IHE's involves submitting curriculum folios for each program then completing an on-site review by the Department of Education Board of Regents and NCATE. Once approved, programs must undergo continued review and approval. The Texas system of preservice program evaluation is the ASEP (Accountability System for Educator Preparation), which includes two components. The first is a set of state generated exams which must be active by late 1998. The second is a performance evaluation that must be active by 2002. The performance evaluation states that poor performance by any subgroup of students, even if overall scores are acceptable, puts the institution or program under review. In both states, these standards will ensure that IHE's be treated similarly by the state boards. (SM)
Descriptors: Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Standards, Student Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Texas