Let’s continue last week’s discussion of the exciting new draft accreditation standards for teacher ed programs by looking at the effect of the GPA admission standard. (Thanks to my friends at NCTQ for a nudge on this one.) Nearly as I can tell, the new admissions GPA standard doesn’t do much to the average ed school.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) draft standard 3.4 reads in part
The provider ensures that the average GPA of its accepted cohort of candidates meets or exceeds the CAEP minimum GPA of 3.0.
Using data from Baccalaureate and Beyond I’ve put together a little table showing high school GPAs for beginning college students.
70 percent of admitted college students have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better, with no difference between education majors and others. The numbers suggest that students admitted to education programs already have high school GPAs averaging around 3.2–in other words, higher than the requirement in the draft standard.
One point worth thinking about though, the numbers in my table are meant to be representative of all colleges. There might well be individual teacher education programs that are drawing from the very low end of the academic skill distribution. If CAEP is after forcing improvement on such programs I say more power to ’em.