Quality Support Center
The Quality Support Center represents AACTE members' commitment to evidence-based program improvement and supports this commitment through a variety of services and resources.
The center's portfolio will evolve in concert with the development of new performance measures, data and reporting tools and requirements, and members' own improvement needs. At present, the center's initiatives are organized into four interconnected components, with materials available for download in the Resources section below.
Teacher Performance Assessments
Virtually all states now require performance assessments in their teacher licensing requirements. AACTE supports members in implementing these assessments with their candidates and in using the results for program improvement, through whatever measures their institutions or states choose. Currently, AACTE partners with two major testing companies – Evaluation Systems of Pearson and the Educational Testing Service – to provide the latest resources to members on the following assessments (click on the assessment name for more information):
Bortner Data Initiatives
Funded by the generous Doyle M. & Alba P. Bortner Endowment, AACTE's Bortner Data Initiatives include a variety of reporting, aggregation, and benchmarking projects. These initiatives support the effective use of data for program improvement and build on the Association's now-suspended Professional Education Data System (PEDS) surveys and other existing information collections. In cooperation with partner organizations and member institutions, AACTE is developing plans for new collections, reporting instruments, and case studies of evidence use in the field.
Quality Assurance Policy
AACTE monitors state and federal policies on assessment and quality assurance and engages members in advocacy as stakeholders. Staff maintain an inventory of relevant policies and develop briefings and other resources. In addition, AACTE convenes experts from across the profession to develop collaborative guidance on key policy issues related to quality assurance.
To develop principles for the secure and ethical use of classroom video and other materials collected for teacher performance assessments, AACTE convened an Information Privacy Task Force during 2015-2016 with representatives from the educator preparation, PK-12 education, and assessment fields. Various materials developed by the task force are available to use with key audiences as well as a Quality Performance Assessments icon for supporters to display in their own materials.Learn more
Professional Development and Consulting Services
The center supports AACTE members and others in their assessment and accreditation work through a series of online short courses. In addition, live regional workshops and other events are being planned, and a consulting service will soon be available.
- AACTE’s online professional seminars provide convenient learning around quality assurance topics in 3- to 4-week courses. Conducted in partnership with FutureLearn, each course features multimedia lessons, resources, and discussions facilitated by AACTE’s Linda McKee in an asynchronous social-learning format. Registration is free, but participants may opt to purchase a completion certificate. Successful completion of the courses is required to qualify for training as an AACTE consultant.
- Quality Support Workshops are live, regional professional learning events customized to inform and support local program improvement needs.
- AACTE is cultivating a cadre of consultants to support members in their assessment, accreditation, and program evaluation efforts.
Give Your Practice a Boost
Are you looking to learn more about accreditation and assessment? Try AACTE’s Online Professional Seminars! These short courses are open to faculty at AACTE member and nonmember institutions, undergraduate and graduate students, PK-12 teachers – or anyone involved in educator preparation.
How Do You Support Students’ Privacy?
AACTE’s Information Privacy Task Force developed nine principles to guide the secure and ethical use of video recorded for teacher performance assessment. Download our handouts and icon to use with your program!