BTC's Pursuit of International Accreditation: Provider Quality & Continuous Improvement Capacity
The Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a US-based organization that is recognized by the US Department of Education and is perceived to be the most important such board. In this final article of a series that explains the accreditation for which the BTC is pursuing, we will focus on the fifth standard, Provider Quality and Continuous Improvement Capacity. According to CAEP, this standard holds teachers colleges accountable for "data-based decision-making." What this means is that a teachers college must make all its decisions based on data that demonstrate what is working and what needs improvement.
A good example of this is offering a new course. This standard ensures that the college follows a very careful process of collecting, analyzing, and using data in all facets, especially in regard to its curriculum. Rather than offering new courses based on opinions or beliefs, the accreditors will look to see just how closely the college staff used student performance data, for example, to identify the needs for that new course.
In all aspects of the college's operation, data and evidence are crucial. And all data should, according to CAEP, feed back into a regularized process of improvement, such that the college is always in the process of improving. It is with this final standard that CAEP accreditation assures school systems that the graduates of a teachers college have been prepared at a very high standard.