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CAEP - NCATE Standards for Math Teacher Education Programs

CAEP / NCATE Standards for Mathematics Teacher Preparation  

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The CAEP accreditation process for mathematics teacher preparation programs requires a review of individual institutional programs by NCTM, the specialized professional association (SPA). The review process requires colleges and universities submitting program reviews to use the NCTM CAEP Standards as the basis for determining which of the required assessments provide evidence of candidate mastery of SPA-specific standards.

NCTM NCATE Standards (2003)

Use of the NCTM NCATE Standards (2003) and their associated indicators has been required of colleges and universities submitting program reviews since 2005. Program reports based on these standards and aligned to associated indicators may be submitted through the Fall 2014 review cycle.

Initial (first teaching license) Preparation Programs 

Report Preparation 

Report templates and instructions for the preparation of NCATE program reports based on the NCTM NCATE Standards (2003) can be downloaded from the NCATE website

Please read the Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid (PDF) document for helpful information in preparing your report. 

Additional Report Compiler Training information.

State Licensure/Certification Exams 

In all program reports, Assessment #1 is the state-required licensure or certification exam. Institutions must provide a description of the exam(s) and an alignment to the NCTM NCATE Standards (2003) and indicators, which are accessible via the links above.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) gave an NCTM panel access to test items and specifications for the Praxis II mathematics content exam (0061) in December 2005 as part of a benchmarking project. As a result, NCTM is able to provide the following alignment for that exam only. For all other exams, institutions should provide a description of how the alignment contained in the report was determined.

Praxis II mathematics content exam (0061) alignment to NCTM Standards 2003 (PDF)

Guidelines for Using Grades as an Assessment 

Course grades may be used as one assessment of candidates' content knowledge. Courses must be aligned to indicators of the NCTM NCATE Standards (2003) and must adhere to the guidelines below. 

Program Recognition Decision Rule 

For mathematics education program reports submitted to NCATE and reviewed by NCTM-trained reviewers, there is no specific number of standards that must be met for National Recognition. However, to achieve National Recognition, the program report must demonstrate that at least 80% of all indicators are addressed and at least one indicator is addressed for each standard.


NCTM CAEP Standards (2012)

In October 2012, updated NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) were approved by NCATE's Specialty Areas Study Board (SASB). Beginning with the Spring 2015 review cycle, all colleges and universities submitting program reviews will be required to base their submissions on the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012). Prior to Spring 2015, institutions may continue to use the NCTM CAEP Standards (2003) or use the updated NCTM CAEP Standards (2012). Note that required mathematics content knowledge for all levels of mathematics teacher candidates is specified in a content addendum accompanying each set of standards. Reviewer rubrics by level include proposed program evidence and decision criteria.

Initial (first teaching license) Preparation Programs

Advanced Preparation Program

Report Preparation

Report templates and instructions for the preparation of CAEP program reports based on the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) can be downloaded from the NCATE website.

Get complete information regarding Report Compiler Training using the NCTM CAEP Standards 2012. 

State Licensure Exams

For all program reports Assessment #1 is the state-required licensure content exam. Institutions must provide a description of the exam contents and two or three years (depending on number of current year completers) of individual completer performance data on state-required mathematics content licensure tests aligned to competencies specified in the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades) and demonstrating an 80% or better overall pass rate.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)  

Educational Testing Service (ETS) allowed an NCTM Praxis alignment panel access to test items and specifications for newly revised and regenerated tests Praxis Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Exam 5161) and Praxis Middle School Mathematics (Exam 5169) during Spring 2013. Beginning with the October 2013 administration, Exam 5161 replaces Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061) and Exam 5169 replaces Praxis Middle School Mathematics (0069). An alignment of each of these tests to competencies identified in the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades) represents the collaborative efforts of NCTM and ETS and are presented below.

For institutional programs using the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) with Praxis Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Exam 0061/5061) or Praxis Middle School Mathematics (Exam 0069) administered September 2005 through August 2013, further NCTM ETS collaboration has resulted in alignments to competencies identified in the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades) and are presented below.

Pearson 

Pearson allowed an NCTM CAEP alignment panel access to test items and specifications for selected Custom Educator Certification Teacher Licensure programs. An alignment of each of these state licensure tests to competencies identified in the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades) represents the collaborative efforts of NCTM and Pearson and are presented below.  

State  Secondary Mathematics Content Knowledge Test  Middle Grades Mathematics Content Knowledge Test 
AZ 10  37 (Through March 1, 2013)  
AZ (NES) 304   203 
CO 04    
FL 026   025 
IL 115   
IN 035  034
 
MA 09   47 
MI 022   089  
MN 054-055  034-035 
MO 023  012  
NM In progress In progress
NM (NES) 304   203  
NY

 
04 (Administered before Sept 2014)   
004 (Administered after Sept 2014)   
OH 027  030 
OK 011  025 

 

For all other state licensure exams, institutions should provide a description of how the alignment to competencies specified in the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades) contained in the report was determined.

Using Course Grades as an Assessment of Candidate Content Knowledge 

The approval of the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) provides the impetus for updating how the CAEP guidelines for documenting course grades as an assessment are applied by programs electing to use grades in mathematics courses as an assessment of candidate content knowledge.

Course grades may be used with the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) for only one assessment of candidate content knowledge. Rather than aligning courses with NCTM standard indicators as required when using the NCTM NCATE Standards (2003), required mathematics or mathematics education courses selected for inclusion must now be aligned to elements of the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) and to the NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Secondary, Middle Grades, or Elementary Mathematics Specialist.

A step-by-step guide for using and documenting course grades based on the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) and NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Secondary, Middle Grades, or Elementary Mathematics Specialist has been developed. In addition, content alignment table templates for each preparation level are available for downloading. The appropriate downloaded form must be used for entering the required information.

Graduate level programs (e.g., MAT or M.Ed.) that rely on undergraduate mathematics coursework taken by program candidates at another institution or in a different academic major must complete a transcript analysis to determine the sufficiency of courses taken and to specify coursework required to remediate mathematics content deficiencies of admitted candidates. The transcript analysis process must adhere to the guidelines and documentation requirements specified below. 

Program Recognition Decision Rule 

For mathematics education program reports based on the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) that are submitted to CAEP and reviewed by NCTM-trained reviewers, to achieve National Recognition, the program report must demonstrate all of the following:

  • The CAEP requirement for an 80% pass rate on state licensure test(s) is met.

    • 2 academic years of completer data are required if there are 10 or more completers in the most current academic year.
    • 3 academic years of completer data are required if there are fewer than 10 completers in the most current academic year but more than 10 completers in the past 3 academic years.
    • Not applicable toward recognition decision if there are fewer than 10 completers in the past 3 academic years.
     
  • More than 50% of the elements (essential and required additional) of each standard are met at the acceptable or target level.

    • Three assessments (#1, #2, and #6) that collectively demonstrate an 80% alignment to each domain of the NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Secondary (or Middle Grades or Elementary Mathematics Specialist) are required to support Standard 1 - Content Knowledge.
    • Two assessments are required to support all other standards.
     
  • Data from two administrations are included in the report.

NCTM Trained CAEP Reviewers  

Initial Training: NCTM offers training to prepare higher education experts to serve as reviewers of mathematics education program reports for CAEP. Qualifications and performance expectations are as follows: 

  • Current membership in NCTM
  • Degree in mathematics or mathematics education
  • Higher education faculty or administrators, graduate students, or state mathematics accreditation employees
  • Familiarity with and the application of NCTM CAEP Standards
  • Teaching or other experience related to P-12 mathematics education
  • Ability to make reasoned, unbiased professional judgments about mathematics teacher education programs based on their alignment with NCTM CAEP Standards
  • Commitment to completing reviews by specified deadlines
  • Participation in reviewer training updates
  • Confidentiality of information and results
  • Ability to work toward consensus in team deliberations

A reviewer application and curriculum vitae must be submitted and approved by the NCTM CAEP SPA Coordinator prior to participation in the training. After successful completion of the reviewer training, the names of trained reviewers are forwarded to CAEP to be added to the list of qualified program reviewers. CAEP is responsible for the program review process, including the assignment of reviewers to program reports.

NCTM CAEP initial reviewer training occurs online twice each year (depending upon demand) prior to the fall and spring review cycles. Contact the NCTM CAEP SPA Coordinator for additional information. 

Subsequent Training: NCTM CAEP Reviewer Polishing online sessions for experienced reviewers are offered multiple times prior to the fall and spring review cycles.


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