In complying with federal legislation requirements regarding Title II, Section 207(a) of the 2008 amended Higher Education Act, all Indiana teacher preparation institutions are required to submit to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) an annual report on those candidates who complete their teacher preparation programs. The U.S. Department of Education requires that the IDOE identify programs as “low performing” or “at risk” on the basis of pre-established criteria. The IDOE will review institutional annual reports and make recommendations based on the following six criteria:
- The teacher preparation program will have a unit assessment system (UAS) in accordance with NCATE Standard 2 and will submit an annual report addressing all areas of improvement cited in the standing Board of Examiners (BOE) accreditation report.
- Accreditation Status – The institution must have state accreditation status without conditions based on their last on-site visit and BOE report.
- Program Review Status – All eligible content area programs must be approved or approved on condition by an NCATE SPA or be approved without condition if the program is reviewed by the state. Final program review status will be determined at the time of the institution’s on-site visit.
- Test Scores for Initial Licensure – 80% of program completers must pass all tests required for initial licensure (aggregate across all programs). The institution will be required to report, even if it has less than 10 program completers.
- Teacher Induction Program – 90% of those beginning teachers who enroll in and complete the required induction program are successful.
- Reporting – all state and federal reporting expectations will be completed accurately and by stated deadlines.
The program must meet Criterion One to continue recommending candidates for licensure. An “at risk” teacher preparation program would meet Criterion One, but fail to meet at least one of the remaining criteria. A “low performing” teacher preparation program would meet Criterion One, but fail to meet at least two of the remaining criteria. A satisfactory rating indicates that an institution meets all six criteria. Evaluation of “at risk” or “low performing” status will be part of Indiana’s seven year state accreditation cycle. An “at risk” or “low performing” teacher preparation program that fails to make improvement to meet the above criteria may be recommended for revocation of accreditation status.
- April: Institutions will submit their annual reports
- May: annual reports will be reviewed and all institutions will be designated as “satisfactory,” “at risk,” or “low performing.”
- June: Institutions will be notified of status by posting of the Accreditation Status Chart
An institution classified as “at risk” will have one year to increase its status to “satisfactory,” or become subject to being reclassified as “low performing” due to failure to improve. An institution classified as “low performing” will have two years to increase its status to “satisfactory” or become subject to revocation of accreditation status.