Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck Appointed to National Educator Preparation Council

Mary Brabeck, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the NYU Steinhardt School, has been appointed to the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, a national commission dedicated to raising standards for teacher preparation across the nation.  The commission’s charge is to develop rigorous accreditation standards for educator preparation that will raise the bar for preparation providers, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced today.

“I am thrilled to be part of this national effort to enhance teacher education program integrity and effectiveness,” said Brabeck.  “I am hopeful that this effort will use data to move beyond individual program evaluation to inform national efforts to improve teacher education.”

The commission will ensure increased accountability through focusing on outcome data and key program characteristic data. CAEP has pledged to use multiple measures in its evaluation system, including new sources of data from state longitudinal databases. CAEP standards will help ensure a supply of candidates who are motivated to enter the teaching workforce, have characteristics associated with teaching success, and are prepared in their subject areas.

CAEP is the new accrediting body formed through the unification of two organizations charged with assuring quality in educator preparation—the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

(Photo:  Mary Brabeck, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, NYU Steinhardt)