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AACTE to Serve as National Partner in New Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Initiative

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(October 25, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – On October 23, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the creation of the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) to implement recommendations from Our Responsibility, Our Promise: CCSSO Task Force Report on Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession. AACTE is pleased to be one of 17 partner organizations that will support this important work alongside CCSSO and the seven states participating in NTEP.

NTEP will provide educator preparation providers and all stakeholders in the pilot states an opportunity to accelerate efforts to transform initial teacher licensure, raise standards for program approval and build data systems that contribute to program improvement and inform stakeholders about the quality of educator preparation providers. AACTE state chapters in the seven pilot states are eager to serve as active partners in the NTEP work.

"AACTE is proud to work with CCSSO, national partners and the stakeholders in the seven pilot states to support the NTEP initiative," said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. "This important work reflects the professional and advocacy priorities of AACTE members and state chapters. It will serve an integral role to complement the reform efforts already underway by the profession, including the movement toward performance-based assessments such as edTPA, which is now in use by more than 480 institutions of higher education in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and the commitment to enhance the quality and duration of clinical experiences. AACTE looks forward to supporting our member institutions and state chapters in and outside of the pilot states as they continue to develop and participate in these types of efforts to strengthen educator preparation."

Learn more about the NTEP initiative here. For more information on AACTE's mission and priorities, visit www.aacte.org.

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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education. For more information, visit www.aacte.org.



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