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REPA Update and IACTE Next Steps

A number of individuals attended the professional standards advisory board work session last week on August 20th. The majority of the questions involved licensing issues and little on teacher preparation. Attached is a document distributed by the Department of Education which outlines changes made thus far or anticipated. While some issues about teacher and administrator preparation were corrected there are several remaining concerns.

Also attached is a new IACTE position paper which is being sent to the Advisory Board this week. The IACTE Executive Committee has decided that it will be best that the Association focus on these main issues. It is so easy to get lost in the details. Please contact individual Advisory Board members regarding additional, individual matters if you are so inclined. Note: Advisory Board members are receiving a large number of e-mails about many topics. It will be important that any contact be direct, concise and include supportive data and/or rationale.

IACTE Survey

Education Curricula Requirements

An important remaining issue in the proposed rules concerns the limitations on education curricula. We wish to collect data from each institution re: your secondary and elementary programs. Currently, the proposed rules require that secondary majors earn a major determined by the department (DOE) to substantially apply to a content area...". Secondary candidates would complete only a minor in education, consisting of 18 credit hours plus student teaching. Advisory Board members have been advised that in fact secondary education or teaching majors are required to complete more credit hours in the content areas than students in the arts and sciences. IACTE wants to share data from ALL of our members to reinforce this fact.

With respect to elementary programs, the proposed rules include:

Press Release

Response to Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA)

Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 
August 17, 2009

Members of the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) are putting forward their own recommendations in light of the proposed changes in the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) proposed by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett. We as teacher educators praise efforts to strengthen the support and evaluation of beginning teachers through the recommended three-year residency. Proposals to increase the principals' involvement in teachers' professional development structured to improve students' learning are also a positive move. The proposed rules simplify and streamline the license renewal process.

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