Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) Approval

Recently Approved Changes

Implementation Working Group

Background

As a result of the recent State Board of Education (SBE) adoption of the Tennessee Educator Preparation Policy the department is convening an Implementation Working Group. The working group will provide advice to the department in development of protocols, tools, and benchmarks for the approval of Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs). In addition, this group will serve as a clear and transparent line of communication between the department and various stakeholder groups interested in this work, including EPPs, educators working in Tennessee schools and districts, and the public.

Membership

The working group will be composed of approximately 30 representatives from various stakeholder groups, including EPPs, Tennessee PreK-12 schools and districts, and other Tennessee education stakeholder groups. The members of the working group will be selected through an application process. Department staff will review applications and select volunteers using the CAEP Volunteer Selection Rubric. Although there is no compensation for volunteering, the TDOE will reimburse group members for travel and lodging.

Duties and Commitment

The full group will be divided into subgroups assigned to specific topics. At a minimum, the subgroup topics will include: annual reporting requirements, primary partnerships, and processes for annual and comprehensive reviews. The working group will work together over a span of eighteen months, January 2015 – June 2016, and may be extended if needed. The full group will meet quarterly, while subgroups will meet as often as needed.  At the end of the planning phase, the department will make recommendations to the SBE regarding specific criteria and benchmarks for implementation of the Tennessee Educator Preparation Policy.

Task Force on Revising Preparation Standards for Literacy

Background

The Tennessee Department of Education is embarking on changes to educator preparation standards
designed to ensure that educators are able to provide effective instruction in literacy.
In collaboration with department staff, Dr. Mark Conley from the University of Memphis has developed a
draft report to recommend new standards in literacy for teacher preparation in Tennessee. To support this
report, he utilized relevant research and standards, including those from other related specialty
professional associations, such as early childhood, special education, subject-specific content areas, and
administrators. In addition, the emerging standards being prepared by the International Literacy
Association for release in 2017 have been considered.

Membership

The task force is comprised of volunteer representatives from various stakeholder groups, including
educator preparation providers (EPPs), Tennessee pre-K–12 schools and districts, and other Tennessee
education stakeholder groups.

Duties and Commitment

The department convened the first of two statewide task force meetings on May 19 to review the draft
recommendations for changes in the literacy standards for educator preparation.

The second in-person meeting will convene in Nashville on June 14 to review the changes made to the
draft of the standards in the first task force meeting. The department anticipates presenting a
recommendation for first reading to the State Board of Education at the October 2016 workshop and
meeting.