CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

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The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama collects and disseminates data on candidates and completer’s impact on P-12 student learning and development in compliance with CAEP Standards 4 and 5. The following collection of documents and links support our compliance with the requirements of CAEP Standard 4.

Impact Measures and Outcome Measures (CAEP Standard 4/A4)

  1. Impact of P-12 learning and development. (CAEP Component 4.1)
    State testing data for the Scantron Performance Test for one of our local partner school districts was collected for the 2017-2018 academic year. This first sample of data reviewed K12 student data from 20 CEPS completers. The initial sample showed that 40% (n=366) of K12 students who were taught by our completers scored proficient in the areas of math and reading. Students in the district scored 45% in math and 42% in reading. The state average was 52% for Math and 47% for reading. This new set of data provides, for the first time, a student growth measure similar to a student growth percentile. More detailed information can be found here.

    CAEP 4.1 Data Analysis

  2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness. (CAEP Component 4.2)
    The college requires applicants for our Educational Leadership graduate program to submit classroom evaluation forms from the school they are currently employed with. We then identify students from this applicant pool who completed their initial certification at USA-CEPS. Those student’s classroom evaluation forms are then reviewed. The initial review of this data source was completed in the summer of 2018. The resulting analysis (insert link) called for additional forms of data to meet the requirements of this components. The college plans to use the CLASS Observation Tool to observe current classroom teachers beginning in the Fall 2019. Our May 2019 SSR submission for CAEP contains a detailed plan to collect this data.

    CAEP 4.2 Data Analysis

  3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones. (CAEP Components 4.3 & A.4.1.)
    The newly developed ALACTE New Teacher Employer Survey asks principals and other school administrators to evaluate our completers who are in their first year of employment. Our most recent data shows that our students are performing at or above their state of Alabama counterparts in all InTASC categories which were measured.

    ALACTE Employer Survey   

    Many of our completers report having been promoted or tenured as seen in our Alumni Survey results:

    In the time since you received your degree from USA have you been promoted or tenured?  12-13 Cohort 13-14 Cohort 14-15 Cohort 15-16 Cohort
     Yes 90% 15  69% 11 52% 15 50% 10
     No 10%  14 31% 5 48% 15 50% 10

    In addition, in a review of current national certifications, 65% of NBCT Certified Teachers in the Baldwin and Mobile County School Districts are USA CEPS graduates.

  4. Satisfaction of completers. (CAEP Components 4.4 & A.4.2)
    In the 2017-2018 academic year, the College of Education and Professional Studies began surveying graduates from our educator preparation programs. The survey is sent to graduates who have been out of the program for at least 4 years. Amongst other items, the survey asks graduates to rate their satisfaction with their preparedness as a classroom teacher.

    In reflecting on your professional preparation, how satisfied are you with preparation that you received at USA? 12-13 Cohort 13-14 Cohort 14-15 Cohort 15-16 Cohort
    Extremely Satisfied 67% 10 50% 8 61% 19 58% 15
    Somewhat Satisfied 67% 4 31% 5 61% 9 34% 9
    Neither Satisfied nor dissatisfied 6% 1 6% 1 0 0 0 0
    Somewhat Dissatisfied 0 0 13% 2 7% 2 8% 2
    Extremely Dissatisfied 0 0 0 0 3% 1 0 0

  5. Graduation Rates

    AY 2017-20183 Admitted and Enrolled1 Completed2 Percentage3
    Initial Certifications3 171 136 80%
    Advanced Certifications 81 40 50%
    AY 2016-20173 Admitted and Enrolled1 Completed2 Percentage3
    Initial Certifications3 183 168 92%
    Advanced Certifications 57 53 93%
    AY 2015-20163 Admitted and Enrolled1 Completed2 Percentage3
    Initial Certifications3 157 149 95%
    Advanced Certifications 83 60 72%

    1Students in Candidacy during academic year (Summer, Fall & Spring).
    2All graduates are recommended for certification through ALDSE.
    3Percentage is calculated on a 3 year rate or 150% of attendance similar to federal reporting requirements.

  6. Ability of completers to meet licensing(certification) and any additional state requirements
    Teacher Preparation candidates are required to meet all licensure requirements to graduate. The Alabama State Department of Education requires that students pass the Praxis content area tests as part of their licensure requirements. Our pass rates are below.

      University of South Alabama Statewide
      Number Taking Assessment Number Passing Assessment Institutional Pass Rate Number Taking Assessment Number Passing Assessment Statewide Pass Rate
    Traditional Completers, 2017-2018 139 139 100% 1725 1716 99%
    Traditional Completers, 2016-2017 153 153 100% 1765 1743 99%
    Traditional Completers, 2015-2016 122 122 100% 1727 1715 99%
    Alternative Completers, 2017-2019 47 47 100% 413 411 100%
    Alternative Completers, 2016-2018 37 37 100% 381 379 99%
    Alternative Completers, 2015-2017 27 27 100% 427 426 100%

    Subject Area Pass Rates for Traditional Programs, 2017-2018
    Subject Area Pass Rates for Alternative Programs, 2017-2018

  7. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared.

    CEPS uses two main survey methods to monitor our completers ability to be hired within their field. The Alumni Survey is administered to completers, both initial and advanced programs, four years after they have graduated. A section of this survey asks about their current employment and whether or not they are employed within the field in which we trained them.


    Are you working in the field that the University of South Alabama prepared you for? 12-13 Cohort 13-14 Cohort 14-15 Cohort 15-16 Cohort
    Yes 100% 10 100% 16 100% 29 90% 18
    No 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 10% 2

    The second survey is the ALCATE New Teacher Survey. It is administered to initial certification completers in their first year of employment.


    2016-2017 ALACTE New Teacher Survey

    Please indicate whether or not you are teaching the subject you are certified to teach. (For example, if you earned a certificate for English language arts but you are teaching mathematics, your answer should be "No". If you earned a certificate for history and you are teaching history, you answer should be "Yes".) USA % USA n=
    Yes 97.17% 103
    No 2.83% 3

    Our data shows that not only are our graduates able to find gainful employment in their field but are also “Extremely or Somewhat Satisfied” with the preparation they received.

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