EPP Accreditation And Assessment

The Helen DeVos College of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

As part of the Helen DeVos College of Education’s continued effort towards improved teacher preparation, annual assessments are conducted at the federal, state, and institutional level. The following two reports provide detailed program information.

The US Department of Education describes the federal, Title 2 report this way, “Title II of the Higher Education Act requires three annual reports on the quality of teacher preparation. Schools of education are to report to states the pass rates of their graduates on state certification assessments and other program data in April. States in turn are required to report to the U.S. Department of Education information on certification and licensure requirements, pass rates on state assessments disaggregated and ranked by institution, and other information in October.” The Helen DeVos College of Education’s Title 2 Reports can be found here:
2019 Title 2 Report 2018 Title 2 Report 2017 Title 2 Report
2019 Traditional Preparation 2018 Traditional Preparation 2017 Traditional Preparation
2019 Alternative Preparation 2018 Alternative Preparation 2017 Alternative Preparation

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission describes Tennessee’s EPP report card this way, “In 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation requiring the publication of a report on the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs throughout the state. Tennessee Code requires reporting on three indicators: placement and retention rates, Praxis II scores, and teacher effect data based on Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores. Through First to the Top, the report now includes a demographic and academic profile of each teacher preparation program and trend data on the effectiveness of program completers over time. The Report allows programs access to data from which to make targeted improvements and provides the public information on the effectiveness of teacher program completers.”

The Helen DeVos College of Education’s THEC Report Cards can be found here:

2019 Report Card 2018 Report Card
2017 Report Card

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation requires the following information on Program Impact, Program Outcomes, and Consumer Information.

[1.2] - All initial licensure programs in the Helen DeVos College of Education are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The following link lists all initial licensure programs reviewed and approved by both TNDOE and the CAEP in the Fall of 2017. The sole advanced program, Educational Leadership, has been approved by TNDOE and is currently under review by the CAEP.

Measure 1 – Impact on P-12 learning and development (4.1)

Tennessee’s State Board of Education produces EPP Report Cards annually. Provider impact can be found on this page of Lee University’s most recent report. Six metrics use three unique, state-wide assessments to gauge impact on learning and development by completers serving in Tennessee’s public schools: Observation Scores, TVAAS (value-added) Scores, and Level of Effectiveness Scores. Observation and TVAAS scores are disaggregated and found under the specific metric.

Measure 2 – Indicators of teaching effectiveness (4.2)

Tennessee’s State Board of Education produces EPP Report Cards annually. Teaching Effectiveness can be found on this page of Lee University’s most recent report. Six metrics use three unique, state-wide assessments to gauge impact (outcomes) on teaching effectiveness by completers serving in Tennessee’s public schools: Observation Scores, TVAAS (value-added) Scores, and Level of Effectiveness Scores. Observation and TVAAS scores are disaggregated and found under the specific metric.

Measure 3 – Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (4.3)

The following link shows results from TNDOE’s Employer Completer Satisfactions surveys. These surveys are given to LEA principals and administrators for their assessment of Lee University graduates. Graduates are assessed against the state average for all EPPs. This is data from TNDOE’s 2019 Annual Report and is a three-year aggregate from 2015-2018. Data from the 2019-2020 cohort will be collected by the state of Tennessee and reported out during the second half of 2021.

Measure 4 – Satisfaction of completers (4.4)

The following link shows Completer Satisfaction data from EPP completers in the 2020 cohort. Survey data was obtained by TNDOE and TNSBE in the spring of 2020. Data is reported in three areas: Preparedness from Coursework, Preparedness from Clinical Experience, and Overall Preparedness.

Measure 5 – Graduation Rates

Graduate rates for those who entered the Teacher Education Program’s final clinical placements are found here. Data disaggregated by subject area for initial licensure candidates can be found here. Data disaggregated by subject area for alternative licensure candidates (TN’s job-embedded) can be found here.

Measure 6 – Ability of completers to meet licensing and any additional state requirements (see Title II as well).

Title II licensure data can be found here. Pedagogical Assessment (edTPA) and Content Assessment (Praxis) data can be found here.

Measure 7 – Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared

Tennessee’s State Board of Education produces EPP Report Cards annually. Employment data can be found on this page of Lee University’s most recent Report Card. Data reported on this measure is somewhat misleading in that 1) approximately half of all completers choose to teach in a state other than Tennessee (or directly begin graduate education), and 2) later graduate school enrollment and transitions out of state are unaccounted for. Specific to the 2019-2020 completers for the EPP, less than eight percent were either unable to be contacted or found not employed in their certification field.

Measure 8 - Student loan default rates and other consumer information 

Default student loan rates for the entire institution are found here. Consumer information on Lee University as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 can be found here.

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