The reports mandated in Title II, section 207, of the HEA are required of two groups:
1.) Institutions of higher education (IHE) that conduct teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal assistance under the Title IV of the HEA
A teacher preparation program is a state-approved course of study, the completion of which signifies that an enrollee has met all the state’s educational and/or training requirements for initial certification or licensure to teach in the state’s elementary or secondary schools. (See appendix B, Glossary.) The law requires institutions to submit timely and accurate reports or risk imposition of a fine of up to $25,000.
2.) States that receive HEA funds. The term “state” includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the insular areas. (See appendix B, Glossary.) States must submit the reports as a condition of receiving HEA funding. NOTE: The guide uses the terms “state” and “state agency” interchangeably to refer to the part of the state government with responsibility for establishing procedures to implement the Title II HEA reporting requirements.
What are the reporting requirements?
Section 207(f) requires each institution to report annually on:
How well individuals who complete its teacher preparation program perform on initial state licensing and certification assessments in their areas of specialization;
Basic aspects of its program, such as number of students, amount of required supervised practice teaching, and the student-faculty ratio in supervised practice teaching; and
Whether it is classified by the state as “low-performing.”
Section 207(b) requires each state to report annually on:
Its licensing and certification requirements (including cut scores on required examinations);
Descriptions of alternative routes by which individuals may become teachers;
The percentage of teaching candidates who passed certification or licensure assessments—statewide, for each institution, and for each alternative route to certification;
Information on the use of waivers of certification or licensure requirements, and the proportion of teachers with these waivers distributed across high- and low-poverty school districts and across subject areas;
State criteria for assessing the performance of institutions’ teacher preparation programs; and
Other areas that bear on the overall quality of new teachers.
(See appendix A for the text of the law.)
Teacher Preparation Program: A state-approved course of study, the completion of which signifies that an enrollee has met all the state’s educational and/or training requirements for initial certification or licensure to teach in the state’s elementary or secondary schools. A teacher preparation program may be either a regular program or an alternative route to certification, as defined by the state. Also, it may be within or outside an institution of higher education.
In applying this definition, states and institutions may not determine that a teacher preparation program concludes after an individual has passed all examinations the state uses for initial certification or licensure, unless the state or institution requires that an individual pass these examinations before it will confer a degree, institutional certificate, program credential, transcript, or other proof of having met the program’s requirements.
For purposes of reporting under the Act, if an institution operates more than one state-defined regular teacher preparation program, the institution’s multiple programs must be regarded as a single program.
Program Completer: A person who has met all the requirements of a state-approved teacher preparation program. Program completers include all those who are documented as having met such requirements. Documentation may take the form of a degree, institutional certificate, program credential, transcript, or other written proof of having met the program’s requirements. In applying this definition, the fact that an individual has or has not been recommended to the state for initial certification or licensure may not be used as a criterion for determining who is a program completer.
Alternative Route to Certification or Licensure: As defined by the state.
Regular Teacher Preparation Program: Any teacher preparation program that is not an alternative route to initial certification or licensure.
Waiver: Any temporary or emergency permit, license, or other authorization that permits an individual to teach in a public school classroom without having received an initial certificate or license from that state or any other state.
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