The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met last week for its monthly meeting and discussed a wide range of issues, including a newly-recognized accrediting organization for educator preparation programs, responses to passage of Senate Bill 621 regarding teacher licensure requirements, and further movement on an evaluation system for educator preparation programs that could now be subject to sanctions under House Bill 107. A highlight from the meeting was ground gained on a starting point for developing accountability standards for educator preparation programs (EPPs). The assessment and performance subcommittee of the commission met to further discuss design of an accountability model for EPPs to comply with House Bill 107, which was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper in July.
The subcommittee agreed on a starting point for developing the weighted model and set a timeline for completing the work. The deadline to provide the joint legislative action committee with a proposal approved by the state board is Feb. 15. In order to comply with that deadline, the subcommittee took feedback from previous surveys of the subcommittee and determined a starting point for discussions, with the goal of taking recommendations to the entire commission in December, presenting the proposal to the State Board in January as a topic of consideration, and setting it for a vote of the State Board in early February.
Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, attended both the commission’s meeting and the subcommittee meeting. He spoke at the end, encouraging the subcommittee to continue its hard work but to try not to develop a model out of fear of sanctions. “If we don’t put requirements, nothing’s going to happen,” he said of the legislative sanctions. “You can say it will, but history shows pretty clearly, we’re all so busy doing what we do. But don’t let fear of failure be a deterrent.”