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New accreditation standards and GPA

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.

bac and beyond high school GPA70 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.

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One Response to New accreditation standards and GPA

  1. Sherman Dorn says:

    I suspect a number of colleges will use college GPA rather than high school GPA, for a number of reasons, among which are the ability to pass the gen-ed requirements with some margin over “skin of teeth.” Using college GPA would allow reasonable assessment of older students who come back to college or transfer from community colleges. For these students, high school grades and SATs are not going to be nearly as useful a threshold as performance in recently-completed college classes.

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