Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Communications Office.

Preparing, developing and supporting effective educators is one of the main goals of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). That’s why DESE worked for five years with higher education institutions, education associations and public schools from around the state to develop annual performance reports for educator preparation programs (APR-EPP). These reports encourage continuous improvement in the programs while providing reliable data about each program’s performance.

The reports provide data on nearly every educator preparation program in Missouri. The only ones not included were those producing 15 or fewer students over the last five years. Most preparation programs scored in the top two tiers of performance.

The APR-EPP is divided into four performance levels:

  • Tier 1 – 90 to 100 percent of the possible points
  • Tier 2 – 70 to 89 percent of the possible points
  • Tier 3 – 50 to 69 percent of the possible points
  • Tier 4 – 49 percent or less of the possible points

A few programs scored in the third tier, and none scored in the fourth tier. The APR-EPPs are based on five years of reporting by educator preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities. The criteria include how many candidates passed the content assessment within two attempts and how well teacher candidates scored in the subjects they intend to teach. The APR-EPP results also include survey results from first-year teachers, principals of first-year teachers, new principals and supervisors of new principals as an indicator of each preparation program’s effectiveness.

For more detailed information on the reports, you can look at the comprehensive guide. The information provided by the APR-EPPs will help our state reach its goal of having an effective teacher in each classroom and an effective school leader in every building.