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.

IACTE Response to REPA Proposals

IACTE Response to REPA Proposals

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend our work session on August 6th. We had over 20 institutions represented and close to 50 individuals participate in the discussions.

Below is the message sent to each member of the Professional Standards Advisory Board along with these attachments. Work is being completed on a press release to be sent out Monday morning. As soon as we have it done, we will send a copy to each of you. We have been in conversations with the IAPSS (school superintendent association) about a possible joint press release, but have decided that individual ones will have the potential for greater impact.

Federal Race to the Top Guidelines

Federal Race to the Top Guidelines

Members of the IACTE Executive Committee wanted to share with the membership the federal proposed guidelines for the "Race to the Top" funding. To be eligible for these "Race to the Top" funds is one reason provided for the proposed rule changes for teacher and administrator licensing in the state of Indiana. There are sections of the guidelines that I have highlighted; sections which seem relevant to the state of Indiana REPA proposed rules. Admittedly, these guidelines are interesting in their entirety as they may impact the direction of public education.

These guidelines, you will note, still are open for public comment, until August 28th and are not final.

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