Sections 205 through 208 of Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended in 2008, (PL 110-315) call for accountability for programs that prepare teachers. Section 205 of Title II requires annual reports from each institution of higher education (IHE) that conducts a traditional teacher preparation program or an alternative route to state certification or licensure program and that enrolls students receiving federal assistance under HEA (e.g., Title IV). In addition, states must report annually on teacher preparation and teacher licensure or certification. The law can be accessed at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea08/index.html.
Each year providers also submit annual reports that gather common data for eight annual measures. These measures demonstrate impact around student learning, teacher effectiveness, employer and completer satisfaction, and specific outcomes and consumer information, such as graduation, licensure, employment, and student loan default rates. This data informs CAEP about the degree which providers continue to meet CAEP Standards between accreditation visits and provides important information for the benefit of consumers that providers can use in their self-study to analyze trends and demonstrate their use in their continuous improvement efforts.