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Vol. 46, No. 82
November 27, 2012

State Board Approves New Educator Preparation Program Standards

Standards effective March 30, 2013

The State Board of Education approved new standards for Missouri educator preparation programs at its Nov. meeting today in St. Louis. The Missouri Standards for Professional Educators (MoSPE) take effect March 30, 2013, and outline the standards programs must follow and the requirements students seeking their educator certificate must meet in order to become certified.

"The development of MoSPE has been years in the making," said Karla Eslinger, assistant commissioner for the Office of Educator Quality at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "Numerous stakeholders, including educators from K-12 districts and higher education institutions, had a hand in the development of the new standards. The standards will provide tools for educators to succeed as they begin their work in the field."

MoSPE builds upon the foundation provided by the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) and mirrors the state accountability system in that Performance Standards, as well as Resource and Process Standards, have been developed. The Performance Standards will establish the process for approving new educator preparation programs and accrediting existing programs through the use of data-driven Annual Performance Reports (APRs). The APRs will be used primarily as technical and supporting data for programs.

"For the first time, educator preparation programs will have the opportunity to review performance data on an annual basis," added Eslinger. "This provides them an opportunity to showcase best practices, celebrate success and adjust program scope and sequence to ensure high quality experiences for all developing educators."

MoSPE fulfills a portion of goal 3 of the Department's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which states that Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators. This goal also includes the work of the model Educator Evaluation System, launched in June 2012. Top 10 by 20 is the Department's plan to launch Missouri into the top 10 performing states in education by the year 2020.