The Educator Preparation Reform Act

The Educator Preparation Reform Act

The Educator Preparation Reform Act S. 3582 Sponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) H.R. 66447 Sponsored by Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) 1 What is The Educator Preparation Reform Act (EPRA)? It is a bill in the US Congress that reauthorizes Title II

of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The bill was written to improve the quality of teaching in high need schools by reforming and strengthening accountability of educator preparation programs, and supporting partnerships to meet the needs of educators and educational leaders. 2 The EPRA will improve accountability for

teacher preparation programs by requiring reporting on program features that are related to future success in the classroom such as: Admission standards Clinical preparation requirements Outcome measures including: placements, retention, and performance 3

The EPRA makes significant improvements in the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants in Title II of the Higher Education Act by: Expanding the residency programs to include principals Providing partnerships flexibility in meeting the instructional needs of local school districts 4

The EPRA reforms the TEACH Grants by: Targeting student eligibility to those in the latter half of their preparation at the undergraduate level or graduate programs Restricts eligibility for grants at institutions designated as low-performing or at risk 5 Key Provisions of EPRA:

1. Improves the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program Maintains the core mechanism of the program providing for partnerships between institutions of high education, high-need LEAs, and highneed schools to recruit and prepare teachers, principals who commit to serve at least three years in a high need-school 6 Requires the partnership grants be used to

reform undergraduate teacher preparation programs, establish teacher or principal residency programs, or a combination of both. Allows partnership grants to support and improve programs to develop other educators needed by school districts such as librarians, literacy specialists and school counselors. 7 2. Strengthens Accountability for Programs that

Prepare Teachers Requires all teacher preparation entities higher education and non-higher education based to submit report cards to the public with key indicators of program quality and performance Offers states and institutions the option to utilize a valid and reliable teacher performance assessment to determine candidate readiness 8

Requires reporting on candidate selectivity as measured by grade point averages for admitted students and scores on standardized admission tests Collect data about clinical preparation, a key component of effective preparation programs Require institutions to report on the availability of outcome data on program graduates and report that data, as applicable 9

Strengthens the current state requirement to identify and report low-performing programs by requiring states to provide technical assistance to low-performing programs and to report programs that have been closed. Clarifies that it is the states responsibility to develop criteria for determining program performance levels in consultation with stakeholders and that the criteria must be submitted for public comment.

10 3. Coordinates Elementary and Secondary Education Act Teacher Quality Initiatives with Educator Preparation Education Programs It requires that states use the 2.5 percent set aside under the ESEA Title II teacher quality state formula grant to: Develop and implement teacher performance assessments to determine the readiness of new

teachers to be effective in the classroom. 11 Provide technical assistance to low-performing preparation programs. Develop a system for assessing the quality and effectiveness of professional development programs. 4. Reform TEACH Grants in Title IV of the Higher Education Act

12 Amend the TEACH Grants to limit the eligibility for grants to juniors, seniors and masters degree level students. Restrict institutional eligibility for institutions designated as low-performing or at-risk by the state. Allow for partial payback based on the length of service completed for TEACH Grant recipients who

do not finish the four-year service requirement. 13 Frequently asked questions: What changes does the bill make to current Title II HEA reporting requirements for institutions? 1. The bill allows institutions to use reliable teacher performance assessments rather than traditional certification exams, such as Praxis. 2. Where available, the bill asks programs to report on the following data:

Academic performance of K-12 taught by our graduates by subject area and grade Job placement of grads within 12 months of program completion. Retention of grads after 3 years Other indicators, such as average results from teacher evaluatons. 14 Does the bill authorize the federal gov to rate colleges of education? (No) Does this bill require teacher preparation

programs to be rated using PK-12 students value-added scores? (No) Does the bill require programs to report on outcome measures such as job retention and placements? (Yes, when the information is available) 15 Does the bill use federally criteria to identify atrisk or low-performing programs? (No but it does require states to use multiple measures

while crafting the criteria while consulting with the institutions) If a program is identified as at-risk or lowperforming, will the program be provided an opportunity to improve? (Funds are provided through the state for improvement) 16 17

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