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CAEP Accountability Measures

The Annual Accreditation Report (Annual Report) process, is used to monitor and evaluate an educator preparation provider's (EPP) continued compliance with CAEP standards. The annual monitoring and evaluation expectations of accredited EPPs are periodically revisited, as appropriate, to meet the requirements of CAEP policy, recognition guidelines of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and federal accreditor recognition requirements.

The following sections contain information and data related to accountability measures as define by CAEP.  This information is collected annually via a variety of data sources. For more information on each CAEP accountability measure, please click on the appropriate section below.

  • Measure 1 - Completer Effectiveness

    The State of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech University track, monitor, and measure the impact of our teachers on student learning, growth, and development. Below are measures that are used to assess this impact. This data is used to inform college-wide as well as programmatic improvement within the College of Education.

    Measure 1

    Teacher effectiveness is measured by the State of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech University in a few ways that are explained in the sections below.

    Tennessee Value-Added Assessment (TVAAS)

    The first way is via the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). TVAAS measures the impact that teachers have on their students' academic progress. Rather than measuring proficiency, TVAAS specifically captures student growth so as to better represent the effect that teachers and schools can have on students. TVAAS is scored from levels 1-5. Levels 1 and 2 indicate that a teacher's students are making less than expected growth, Level 3 indicates that students are making expected growth, and Levels 4 and 5 indicate that students are exceeding expected growth.

    In the most recent State of TN Report Card (2021), Tennessee Tech University had 63.2% (n = 133) of cohort members score at Level 3 or above and 21.8% (n = 133) score at Level 4 or above on TVAAS. This was above the state averages of 61.3% and 20.2%, respectively.

    A detailed breakdown and disaggregated data can be found on the Tennessee State Board of Education website.

    Level of Overall Effectiveness (LOE)

    The State of Tennessee also measures completer effectiveness using a metric called the Level of Overall Effectiveness (LOE). LOE scores include multiple measures of a teacher's performance in the classroom, including classroom observation scores and TVAAS scores. This metric reports the percentage of cohort members who earned a level of overall effectiveness and includes a scale from 1-5 where a score of 3 indicates "At Expectations" and a score of 4 indicated "Above Expectations".

    In the most recent State of TN Report Card (2021), Tennessee Tech University had 96.8% (n = 777) of cohort members score at Level 3 or above and 61.9% (n = 777) score at Level 4 or above on LOE. This was above the state averages of 95.3% and 61.20%, respectively.

    A detailed breakdown and disaggregated data can be found on the Tennessee State Board of Education website.


    Previous years' measures of teaching effectiveness are available:

    2020 Measures of Completer Effectiveness 

    2019 Measures of Completer Effectiveness

  • Measure 2 - Employer Satisfaction & Stakeholder Involvement

    Measure 2

    Stakeholder Involvement

    The College of Education at Tennessee Tech gathers internal stakeholder feedback and program design/evaluation recommendations on a continual basis. Once gathered, this feedback is summarized and presented to two decision-making bodies within the College of Education, the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and the Teacher Education Committee (TEC). Both groups evaluate relevant feedback and make recommendations based on existing data and current/future trends (e.g., enrollment, employment trends, etc).

    View the summary:
    ELC and TEC decisions made in Academic Year (AY) 20-21

    Additional data for Measure 2 will come from a College-wide internal stakeholder survey that is currently being developed. A pilot of the survey will be conducted in the Fall 2022 semester. Initial data from the pilot will be reported and added to the website in Spring 2023. 

    Employer Feedback

    Employer feedback is gathered primarily through surveys. The employer survey was not distributed during AY 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the employer survey instrument was reviewed and updated in AY 2021-2022. Data from the 2022-2023 distribution of the survey (Fall 2022) using the updated employer survey instrument will be posted on the website in Spring 2023.  

    View 2019-2020 Employer Feedback.

  • Measure 3 - Candidate Competency at Completion

    Measure 3

    The Tennessee Educator Preparation Report Card provides a public view of the competencies of Tennessee Tech's candidates, as measured by multiple assessments required to obtain a teacher or leader licensure. Tennessee Tech exceeded expectations on the 2021 Tennessee Report Card in the area of candidate assessment, which is comprised of pedagogical assessment pass rate and content assessment pass rate.

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, 98.1% of Tennessee Tech University teacher candidates passed the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) or edTPA, 89.8% passed the Praxis Subject Area assessment(s), and 98% of teacher candidates passed the Praxis Literacy Instruction assessment. 

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, 90.1% of our Instructional leadership candidates passed the Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment, demonstrating that they have the competencies to lead schools at program completion. More information is available in the Tennessee Tech Leader Preparation Program Report Card.


    Previous years' measures of candidate competency at completion:

    2020 Measures of Candidate Competency at Completion

    2019 Measures of Candidate Competency at Completion

    Title II Pass Rates:

    2021 Title II 3-Year Pass Rate on Qualifying Exams of Completers - Traditional Preparation

    2021 Title II 3-Year Pass Rate on Qualifying Exams of Completers - Alternative Preparation

  • Measure 4 - Ability of Completers to be Hired

    Measure 4

    Information about Tennessee Tech's teacher candidates and their resulting employment in Tennessee public schools is collected and reported through the Tennessee State Board of Education Report Card. The report card includes important teacher retention metrics such as first-year employment in Tennessee public schools as well as second and third year retention rates. 

    The rate of first-year employment in Tennessee public schools reports the percentage of cohort members who were employed in Tennessee public schools within one year of completing their preparation program or within one year of enrolling in a job-embedded program. Additionally, the second and third year retention rates report the percentage of first-year employed cohort members who remained teaching in Tennessee public schools for a second and third year, respectively. 

    In the most recent report card, Tennessee Tech reported a rate of first-year employment in Tennessee public schools of 79.7%, which is higher than the state average of 76.8%. Tennessee Tech also had higher reported second (94.4%) and third year (86.2%) retention rate when compared to the state averages of 92.9% and 81.1%, respectively.  Overall, Tennessee Tech "Exceeds Expectations" in the area of candidate employment on the 2021 State of Tennessee Report Card. 


    See a detailed breakdown of these metrics:
    2021 Employment and Retention section of the report card.

    Employment locations of Tennessee Tech's recent completers and job-embedded candidates can be found on the Tennessee State Board of Education's website (2021).

    Previous years' measures of employment and retention:

    2020 Employment and Retention

    2019 Employment and Retention

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