Highly effective teachers and principals are paramount to producing college and career ready learners. To continuously improve the quality of the state’s
educator preparation programs (EPP), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is working collaboratively with the institutions of higher education to
report data through Educator Preparation Performance Reports (EPPR).
The intent of the report is two-fold: 1) to report information on graduates’ success at the institution and program level and 2) to report demographic/statistical
data to inform policy decisions.
The commitment of EPPs to providing accurate, relevant data in a timely manner demonstrates their dedication and contribution to the success of this effort.
All parties involved share interest in preparing the best possible educators to provide a quality education to all Arkansas students.
The inaugural report will serve as the format for data reporting and as a baseline for data analysis based on latest research and state efforts.
Identification of metrics and the report format were developed in collaboration with a representative committee from the 10 public and 8* private
institutions with educator preparation programs in the state of Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) also contributed data for the EPPR.
*The data represented in the report reflect eight private institutions; however, two additional private institutions have had programs recently approved.
In the near future, there will be 20 institutions (10 public and 10 private) included in the report.
Reported metrics include
- Licensure Exam Pass Rates
- Program Required Credit Hours
- Novice Teacher Perception of EPP Surveys
- Program Field Experiences, Clinical Practice and Faculty data
- EPP Enrollment/Race data
- Numbers of teachers prepared, licensed and working in AR public schools
- Out-of-state teacher data
As this will be an annual report, metrics to be reported in the future will also include:
- Teacher-Student Growth Measures Link
- Novice Teachers’ Employer Surveys
- Standardized test scores (GRE, SAT and/or ACT) of EPP program completers
- Recruitment and Retention data
Uses of the EPPR
- The EPPR allows the public to view the aggregate data for Arkansas’s EPP graduates by institution and program area.
- School districts and charter schools can use the report to make informed decisions about hiring.
- Students interested in pursuing a career in education can use the report to make decisions regarding which program to attend.
- Institutions may use the data to inform their continuous improvement efforts and program planning.
- Data will assist state and institutional policy makers in identifying future needs and targeted improvements.
Limitations of the EPPR
- The most recent data reported for these metrics are not all representative of the same years. For example, licensure exam pass rates represent the 12-13 academic year, while Title II data usually represents the previous year (11-12 academic year data is included in the 2013 report).
- Data reported for graduates who were teaching the following year only represent graduates who were teaching in Arkansas public school districts. The data do not include teachers who went on to teach in private schools or schools outside the state.
- Data reported do not distinguish between AAT and other students who transfer to the institution.
- Institutions having both traditional educator preparation programs and non-traditional programs (e.g. MAT programs) may have combined data in some areas for those respective institutions.
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) would like to acknowledge the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for their work in this area. ADE modeled much of the EPPRs from the reports found on the ODE website.