Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments

Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AACTE has launched the Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA), an initiative launched in 2021, to evaluate cut scores for entrance into educator preparation programs. Specifically, the Consortium seeks to examine the processes and considerations that states use to determine cut scores, and how they can be refined to attract, rather than exclude, potential teacher candidates. The Consortium’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Completing surveys to report on their state’s practices for establishing cut scores;
  2. Participating in qualitative interviews conducted by AACTE’s consultants;
  3. Actively participating in quarterly meetings to inform recommendations and guidelines for state leaders;
  4. Engaging in pre-work in preparation for quarterly meetings;
  5. Collaborating with state stakeholders during and between quarterly convenings;
  6. Disseminating the Consortium’s final recommendations and model state policies to state leaders and policymakers;
  7. Advocating for equitable practices that will attract diverse teacher candidates into educator preparation programs to address the shortage and diversity crises in the field.

The Consortium is comprised of 14 state teams of educator preparation programs, and state and local education agencies. The participating states and lead EPPs include:

  • California – Cal State University San Bernardino
  • Delaware – Wilmington University
  • South Carolina – Claflin University
  • New Mexico – Western New Mexico University
  • Rhode Island – University of Rhode Island
  • Missouri – Lindenwood University
  • Wisconsin – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • North Carolina – University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Minnesota – University of St. Thomas
  • Indiana – Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Ohio – Ohio University
  • Texas – Texas A&M International University/Texas A&M University System
  • Kentucky – University of Louisville
  • Tennessee – University of Tennessee-Knoxville

 


The History. Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations Cut Scores on the Teacher-of-Color PipelineThe History. Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations Cut Scores on the Teacher-of-Color Pipeline

The Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA) project has released a white paper to examine the history and baseline of entrance and licensure examination cut scores and its impact on the teacher-of-color pipeline. The paper addresses these three questions: (1) How are standardized entrance and licensure tests being used as a gateway into the profession?, (2) Who determines cut scores for these tests?, and (3) What is the historical significance and implications of these tests on the diversity of the profession today?

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To learn more about or to support the work of the Consortium, contact Weade James.

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