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									                         NCATE/State Partnership Protocol
                                        for
                 INITIAL/CONTINUING/PROBATION REVIEWS
              of Professional Education Units in the State of Tennessee

Team Composition:          Program Review:                 Effective:
Initial: Concurrent          State-based             Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2011
Continuing: Joint

Original Partnership Agreement Date: 1989


           I. Standards II. Team III. Preparation IV. On-Site Review
                  V. After On-Site Review VI. On-Going Responsibilities

Category                     NCATE                           State
                             policy & options                additions/response
I. Standards
    A. Unit Standards        NCATE unit standards            State standards are
                             apply to the professional       the current edition of
                             education unit.                 the State Board of
                                                             Education approved
                             Specific State criteria, as     Licensure Standards
                             determined by the State         and Induction
                             Agency, and institutional       Guidelines for the
                             criteria as determined by       preparation of school
                             the institution or higher       personnel.
                             education commission,
                             may also be applied to
                             units and/or programs
                             being reviewed by NCATE
                             and the State.

   B. State Program          NCATE defers to the             The State Board of
      Standards              State’s review of the unit’s    Education does not
                             programs if the teacher         require any unit to
                             education program               submit NCATE
                             standards or licensing          Program Review
                             standards and the State’s       documents.
                             review processes are
                             sufficiently similar to         For each licensure
                             NCATE’s, as determined          area, the unit must
                             by the State Partnership        submit a program
                             Board (SPB).                    description and
                                                             completed State
                             Program National                matrix covering the



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Category               NCATE                        State
                       policy & options             additions/response
                       Recognition: The State       knowledge and skills
                       may choose to seek           and guidelines
                       authority for State          required for licensure
                       program approval to be       by the State Board of
                       accepted as national         Education. Following
                       recognition of the unit’s    a review of each
                       programs by NCATE’s          program by content
                       SPAs in the NCATE list of    specialists, the Office
                       nationally recognized        of Teacher Education
                       programs. If the State is    and Accreditation
                       not authorized to            sends the unit a letter
                       recommend national           of approval to
                       recognition, the unit may    implement with
                       seek national recognition    conditions to be met
                       of a program by              prior to the on-site
                       submitting its program for   visit.
                       review through NCATE.
                                                    Additionally, a unit
                                                    may choose to seek
                                                    an NCATE-
                                                    coordinated program
                                                    review by the national
                                                    associations. For any
                                                    program for which this
                                                    review is requested,
                                                    five copies of
                                                    curriculum program
                                                    review documents
                                                    must be submitted to
                                                    NCATE with the
                                                    required conditions
                                                    package. For
                                                    continuing visits (if a
                                                    unit submits program
                                                    review documents),
                                                    see NCATE
                                                    requirements in this
                                                    section for preparation
                                                    of program review
                                                    documents.

II. Team
    A. Team            The NCATE team is            For initial visits, a
        Composition:   selected from NCATE’s        State team is selected



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Category                NCATE                        State
                        policy & options             additions/response
      Concurrent        Board of Examiners           from the State Board
      NCATE and State   (BOE). The team includes     of Examiners (BOE)
      Teams (Initial)   representatives from         by the Department of
                        organizations of teacher     Education’s Office of
                        educators, teachers,         Teacher Education
                        education specialists        and Accreditation.
                        and/or policy makers.
                        Non-voting members of        The State BOE team
                        the team include the State   examines the
                        Consultant (usually the      specialty area
                        NCATE State Partnership      programs to
                        Contact, or his/her          determine compliance
                        designee), and a             with State licensure
                        representative from the      standards and
                        state affiliate of NEA       guidelines. The State
                        and/or AFT. Team             BOE team
                        assignments are              collaborates with the
                        systematically made to       NCATE BOE team;
                        ensure that conflicts of     however, the two
                        interest are avoided. The    teams make
                        NCATE team sends its         independent
                        findings to NCATE and        decisions.
                        the State Consultant.

  A. Team               NCATE and State team         For continuing visits,
      Composition:      members work together,       State appointed team
      Joint State/      sharing equal roles and      members to the joint
      NCATE             responsibilities in all      team are selected
      (Continuing)      functions of the review.     from the State Board
                                                     of Examiners (BOE)
                         The NCATE team is           by the Department of
                        selected from NCATE’s        Education’s Office of
                        Board of Examiners           Teacher Education
                        (BOE). The team includes     and Accreditation.
                        representatives from
                        organizations of teacher
                        educators, teachers,
                        education specialists
                        and/or policy makers.
                        Non-voting members of
                        the team include the State
                        Consultant (usually the
                        NCATE State Partnership
                        Contact, or his/her



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Category              NCATE                         State
                      policy & options              additions/response
                      designee), and a
                      representative of the state
                      affiliate of NEA and/or
                      AFT. Team assignments
                      are systematically made
                      to ensure that conflicts of
                      interest are avoided.


  B. Training         NCATE team members            State team members
      Expectations:   must participate in the       participate in a week-
      Concurrent      NCATE-sponsored BOE           long training session.
      (Initial)       training.                     For two and one-half
                                                    days of the training
                                                    session, members are
                                                    trained by NCATE in
                                                    the NCATE standards.
                                                    The other two and
                                                    one-half days
                                                    members are trained
                                                    in the State specialty
                                                    area standards by the
                                                    Office of Teacher
                                                    Education and
                                                    Accreditation.

  B. Training         NCATE team members            State team members
      Expectations:   must participate in the       participate in a week-
      Joint           NCATE-sponsored BOE           long training session.
      (Continuing)    training.                     For two and one-half
                                                    days of the training
                      State team members must       session, members are
                      be trained by NCATE staff     trained by NCATE in
                      or an NCATE authorized        the NCATE standards.
                      trainee, as outlined in the   The other two and
                      State rules.                  one-half days
                                                    members are trained
                                                    in the State specialty
                                                    area standards by the
                                                    Office of Teacher
                                                    Education and
                                                    Accreditation.




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Category                 NCATE                        State
                         policy & options             additions/response
  C. Team Size:          For first, continuing, and   For initial program
      Concurrent         probation visits, the BOE    approval, the size of
      (Initial)          team will include 5-8        the State team varies
                         members depending on         from five to seven
                         several factors, including   based on the number
                         the number and size of       and levels of
                         the unit’s programs, and     programs offered.
                         the State Partnership
                         Agreement.

                         For focused visits, the
                         team will include 2-3 BOE
                         members.

  C. Team Size:          For first, continuing, and   The State team shall
      Joint              probation visits, the BOE    be comprised of one
      (Continuing)       team will include 3-6        member less than the
                         members depending on         NCATE team.
                         several factors, including
                         the number of candidates,
                         faculty, and the unit’s
                         programs. Additional
                         team members may be
                         added to visit off-campus
                         sites.

                         For focused visits, the
                         team will include 2-3 BOE
                         members.

  D. Chair               An NCATE BOE team            The chair and co-chair
     Responsibilities:   member is appointed          of the State team are
     Concurrent          chair. The chair has         appointed by the
     (Initial)           overall responsibility for   Office of Teacher
                         planning and conducting      Education and
                         the visit.                   Accreditation. The
                                                      chair receives
                         The chair conducts a         additional training.
                         previsit approximately 60
                         days before the visit to
                         plan interviews and
                         finalize the logistics for
                         the visit. The State
                         Consultant should



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Category                 NCATE                          State
                         policy & options               additions/response
                         participate in the previsit.

                         The chair assigns roles
                         and responsibilities to the
                         BOE team members.

  D. Chair               The NCATE chairperson          The chair and
     Responsibilities:   and the State chairperson      assistant-chair of the
     Joint               serve as co-chairs. They       State team are
     (Continuing)        are jointly responsible for    appointed by the
                         planning and conducting        Office of Teacher
                         the visit.                     Education and
                                                        Accreditation. The
                         The co-chairs conduct a        chair receives
                         previsit approximately 60      additional training.
                         days before the visit to
                         plan interviews and
                         finalize the logistics for
                         the visit. The State
                         Consultant and State
                         team chair should
                         participate in the previsit.

                         The co-chairs assign
                         roles and responsibilities
                         to BOE and State team
                         members.

  E. Consultants/Other   NCATE invites the State        One or two liaisons for
      Participants       education agencies to          the State Department
                         appoint a “State               of Education serve as
                         Consultant” to advise the      Consultants and
                         team on State                  provide technical
                         requirements,                  assistance to the
                         nomenclature, and special      State and NCATE
                         circumstances. The State       BOE teams.
                         Consultant’s expenses
                         are covered by the
                         respective agency. The
                         State Consultant
                         facilitates an orientation
                         to the State Partnership at
                         a team meeting prior to
                         the review activities. The



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Category                NCATE                         State
                        policy & options              additions/response
                        consultant is usually the
                        State Partnership Contact,
                        but may be his/her
                        designee, and is a non-
                        voting member of the
                        BOE team. The State
                        Consultant may serve as
                        a voting member of the
                        State team, if so
                        designated by the State. A
                        few states (e.g., SC and
                        FL) may have consultants
                        from two agencies.

  F. NEA/AFT            NCATE invites the State
      Representatives   affiliates of the NEA and
                        AFT to appoint observers
                        for the on-site visit in
                        partnership States. The
                        participants’ respective
                        agencies are responsible
                        for their travel and
                        maintenance expenses.

                        These observers can
                        assist the BOE team with
                        the collection of data,
                        interviews, and the editing
                        of the team report.
                        However, they should not
                        be assigned a primary
                        writing assignment.
                        Observers are non-voting
                        members of the BOE
                        team.

  G. Decision-making    Decisions are usually         State team members
                        made through consensus-       derive consensus
                        driving discussions of        regarding compliance
                        whether standards are         with State standards
                        met. When consensus           for each specialty
                        cannot be reached, a vote     area.
                        may be taken.
                                                      For continuing visits,



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Category           NCATE                          State
                   policy & options               additions/response
                                                  in addition to
                                                  determining
                                                  compliance with State
                                                  standards for each
                                                  specialty area, the
                                                  State team members
                                                  participate in the data
                                                  collection, discussions
                                                  of the joint team, and
                                                  decisions of the joint
                                                  team regarding the
                                                  NCATE standards.

  H. Writing the   The NCATE chair assigns        The State BOE report
     Report:       writing responsibilities to    indicates the team’s
     Concurrent    each team member. The          recommendations for
     (Initial)     BOE report includes the        approval for each
                   BOE team’s responses to        specialty area.
                   the 6 unit standards at
                   both the initial teacher       Within 40 days after
                   preparation and advanced       the on-site visit, the
                   levels as appropriate. If      Office of Teacher
                   the State or institution       Education and
                   has additional                 Accreditation compiles
                   requirements, the report       the State BOE report
                   should have the BOE            and mails copies to
                   team’s responses to the        the institution’s chief
                   State/Institution              executive office, chief
                   requirements attached as       academic officer and
                   a Report Addendum. The         unit head.
                   final report is compiled by
                   the BOE chair.

                   The draft of the BOE
                   report should be
                   completed by the end of
                   the on-site visit.

                   The BOE draft report
                   should be sent to NCATE
                   and the team members for
                   editing, and to the unit for
                   correction of factual
                   errors.



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Category            NCATE                         State
                    policy & options              additions/response

                    The BOE team chair e-
                    mails one copy of the final
                    report to the NCATE office
                    and a copy to each
                    member of the NCATE
                    team within 30 days
                    following the visit.


  H. Writing the    The NCATE chair assigns       Within 40 days after
     Report:        writing responsibilities to   the on-site visit, the
     Joint          each team member. The         Office of Teacher
     (Continuing)   BOE report includes the       Education and
                    BOE team’s responses to       Accreditation compiles
                    the 6 unit standards at       the State BOE report
                    both the initial teacher      from each team
                    preparation and advanced      members’ program
                    levels as appropriate. If     writing assignments
                    the State or institution      and mails copies to
                    has additional                the institution’s chief
                    requirements, the report      executive office, chief
                    should have the BOE           academic officer and
                    team’s responses to the       unit head.
                    State/Institution
                    requirements attached as      The State BOE report
                    a Report Addendum. The        indicates the team’s
                    final report is compiled by   recommendations for
                    the BOE chair.                approval for each
                                                  specialty area.
                    The NCATE and State
                    chairs assign primary and
                    secondary writing
                    responsibilities to both
                    NCATE and State team
                    members. State team
                    members are not
                    assigned primary writing
                    responsibilities for the
                    NCATE BOE report. State
                    team members are
                    assigned primary writing
                    responsibilities for the
                    specialty area programs



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Category           NCATE                          State
                   policy & options               additions/response
                   for the State BOE report.

                   The draft of the BOE
                   report should be
                   completed by the end of
                   the on-site visit.

                   The BOE draft report
                   should be sent to NCATE
                   and the team members for
                   editing, and to the unit for
                   correction of factual
                   errors.

                   The BOE team chair e-
                   mails one copy of the final
                   report to the NCATE office
                   and a copy to each
                   member of the NCATE
                   team within 30 days
                   following the visit.

  I. Evaluations   Following the on-site visit,   Following the on-site
                   the performance of BOE         visit, the unit head is
                   members is evaluated           sent an evaluation
                   electronically by the unit,    form. The completed
                   the other national and         form, returned to the
                   State BOE members, and         Office of Teacher
                   State consultants who          Education and
                   served on the same             Accreditation,
                   visiting team. The             provides data
                   evaluations are used by        regarding the
                   NCATE and the State to         performance of each
                   determine who should           BOE member as well
                   continue BOE service and       as information
                   to identify potential team     concerning the visit
                   chairs.                        procedures. The
                                                  evaluations are used
                                                  by the State to
                                                  determine who should
                                                  continue BOE service
                                                  and to identify
                                                  potential team chairs.




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Category                    NCATE                           State
                            policy & options                additions/response
   J. Expenses              During the semester of          The unit covers all
                            the visit, the unit will pay    travel and
                            NCATE a Periodic                maintenance
                            Evaluation Fee of $1,000        expenses for State
                            per NCATE BOE team              BOE team members
                            member participating in         except State
                            the on-site visit.              Department of
                                                            Education staff whose
                                                            expenses are covered
                                                            by the Department.

III. Preparation
     A. Units’ Intent-to-   For initial accreditation, at
        Seek request        least two years before
                            hosting an on-site visit,
                            the unit should indicate
                            its interest in seeking
                            accreditation. The request
                            should include the
                            semester and year in
                            which the unit plans to
                            host the on-site review.

  B. NCATE materials        In response to interest
                            request, NCATE provide
                            weblinks to the following
                            materials:
                                 Professional
                                   Standards for the
                                   Accreditation of
                                   Schools, Colleges,
                                   and Departments of
                                   Education;
                                 Handbook for
                                   Accreditation
                                   Visits;
                                 “Intent to Seek
                                   NCATE
                                   accreditation” form
                                   – TO BE
                                   SUBMITTED 2
                                   YEARS BEFORE
                                   THE VISIT;
                                 Timeline for


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Category               NCATE                        State
                       policy & options             additions/response
                              semester and year
                              of visit;
                             List of NCATE
                              partnership States;
                              and
                             Other accreditation
                              information

  C. Preconditions     For first visits, the unit   The Preconditions
                       responds to the              Report is reviewed
                       preconditions found on       and filed by the
                       the NCATE website. The       Tennessee
                       preconditions report must    Department of
                       be submitted to the          Education.
                       NCATE office at least
                       eighteen months prior to
                       the on-site visit.

                       All accredited units must
                       continue to meet the
                       preconditions for
                       continued NCATE
                       accreditation. Annually,
                       NCATE reviews Title II
                       test data and will request
                       additional information
                       from the unit that no
                       longer meets the required
                       State pass rate.

  D. Program Reports   If the Partnership           The State’s program
                       Agreement requires the       review is done during
                       unit is required to submit   the on-site visit.
                       program reports, it must
                       submit them by February
                       1 or September 15, two or
                       three semesters before
                       the continuing visit.

                       For a continuing visit,
                       NCATE requests the unit
                       to verify online their
                       “Status of Program
                       Reviews,” approximately


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Category                  NCATE                         State
                          policy & options              additions/response
                          two years before the visit.
                          This information will
                          indicate which program
                          reports to submit.

                          For specific information
                          on the preparation of
                          program reports visit the
                          NCATE website.

  E. Institutional Report The professional              For initial program
                          education unit is required    approval, the
                          to write and submit an        standards used for
                          Institutional Report (IR)     Program Descriptions
                          that describes the unit’s     (Section III) are those
                          conceptual framework          required by the State
                          and evidence that             for program approval.
                          demonstrates that the 6       Units must provide
                          standards are met. In         written documentation
                          continuing accreditation      of compliance with the
                          visits, the IR also serves    requirements and
                          as a primary                  guidelines in each
                          documentation of the          specialty area.
                          unit’s growth and
                          development since the         For initial
                          last accreditation visit.     accreditation, the unit
                                                        submits two copies of
                          The unit sends one copy       the full report to the
                          of the IR and related links   State Office of
                          to undergraduate and          Teacher Education
                          graduate (if applicable)      and Accreditation and
                          catalogs to each NCATE        one copy to each
                          BOE team member, State        member on the State
                          consultant, and NEA/AFT       team 60 days in
                          observers. Either an          advance of the visit.
                          electronic copy of the
                          Institutional Report is       For continuing
                          sent to NCATE, or the unit    accreditation and
                          may send two paper            continuing program
                          copies.                       approval, the unit
                                                        prepares a report
                                                        according to
                                                        continuing
                                                        accreditation



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Category                NCATE                          State
                        policy & options               additions/response
                                                       guidelines established
                                                       by NCATE with
                                                       Program Descriptions
                                                       (Section III)
                                                       addressing new
                                                       programs and
                                                       substantially revised
                                                       programs, and
                                                       responses to new
                                                       State standards and
                                                       any continuing
                                                       program weaknesses.

                                                       The unit submits one
                                                       copy of the continuing
                                                       accreditation report to
                                                       each member of the
                                                       State team and two
                                                       copies to the State
                                                       Office of Teacher
                                                       Accreditation 60 days
                                                       in advance of the visit.

  F. Dates of On-Site   NCATE requests units to        Joint visits are
      Visit             submit its preferred visit     scheduled from
                        date to NCATE at least 1       Saturday through
                        year prior to the on-site      Wednesday.
                        visit. Units in Partnership
                        States must have the date
                        approved by the State
                        Agency prior to
                        submitting its request to
                        NCATE.

                        The State Agency must
                        first agree to requests for
                        a delay in the visit, before
                        submitting the delay
                        request to NCATE.

                        Visits are scheduled from
                        Saturday through
                        Wednesday excepting
                        special circumstances.



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Category                NCATE                            State
                        policy & options                 additions/response

  F. Previsit           The previsit should be           The State chair and
                        scheduled about 60 days          personnel from the
                        before the on-site visit.        Tennessee
                        See the Handbook for             Department of
                        Accreditation Visits for         Education meet with
                        further details.                 the NCATE chair and
                                                         the unit’s head and/or
                        The State Consultant,            designee to plan the
                        BOE chair, head of the           visit.
                        unit, and NCATE
                        coordinator should be
                        present. If the visit is joint
                        or concurrent, the State
                        team chair should also
                        participate in the previsit.

  H. 3Rd Party          Six months before the on-
      Testimony         site review, the unit must
                        publish a “Call for
                        Comment” inviting 3rd
                        party testimony related to
                        the upcoming NCATE visit
                        to be sent to NCATE.

                        Two to three months
                        before the on-site review,
                        NCATE sends copies of
                        any third-party testimony
                        it received to the unit for
                        comment and to the BOE
                        team chair.

IV. On-Site Review
    A. Orientation to   If the visit is being
       State Process/   conducted jointly or
       Protocol         concurrently, the State
                        Consultant (or his/her
                        designee) will facilitate an
                        orientation to the State
                        process and Protocol.

  B. Conducting the     The NCATE template for           The NCATE template
     On-Site Review     on-site visits guides the        modified slightly by


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Category                NCATE                       State
                        policy & options            additions/response
                        conduct of the visit as     the NCATE and State
                        outlined in the NCATE       team chairs guides
                        Handbook for                the conduct of the
                        Accreditation Visits and    joint NCATE/State
                        on the NCATE website.       visit.

                                                    For initial reviews, a
                                                    joint conference is
                                                    held with
                                                    representatives of the
                                                    unit to report the State
                                                    team’s findings on
                                                    program areas and
                                                    the Board of
                                                    Examiners’ findings
                                                    on the unit.

  C. Evidence/Exhibit   Electronic exhibit rooms    Evidence verifying
     Room               are encouraged. Access      that each specialty
                        NCATE’s electronic          area program is in
                        exhibit room guidelines.    compliance with State
                                                    program standards
                        Performance-based           must be included in
                        evidence that               the exhibit room.
                        demonstrates what
                        candidates know and are
                        able to do must be
                        included in the exhibit
                        room. Units must provide
                        data from:
                        1) assessments at
                        admissions; 2) State
                        licensure tests; 3)
                        internship assessments;
                        and 4) follow-up studies.
                        For other assessment
                        data examples, see
                        “Assessing Education
                        Candidate Performance: A
                        Look at Changing
                        Practices.”

  D. BOE Report         The BOE report includes     The State BOE report
                        the BOE team’s              includes the State



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Category                NCATE                          State
                        policy & options               additions/response
                        responses to the 6 unit     BOE team’s approval
                        standards at both the       recommendations
                        initial teacher preparation regarding each initial
                        and advanced levels as      and advanced
                        appropriate. If the         program, as
                        State/Institution has       appropriate. The final
                        additional requirements,    report is compiled by
                        the report should have the  the Office of Teacher
                        BOE team’s responses to     education and
                        the State requirements      Accreditation. Within
                        attached as a State         40 days after the on-
                        Addendum. The final         site visit, the Office of
                        report is compiled by the   Teacher Education
                        BOE chair.                  and Accreditation
                                                    mails copies to the
                        The BOE team chair e-       institution’s chief
                        mails one copy of the final executive office, chief
                        BOE Report to the NCATE academic officer and
                        office and a copy to each   unit head.
                        member of the NCATE
                        team within 30 days
                        following the visit.

  E. Exit Conference    An exit conference is
                        conducted before the
                        team departs Wednesday.
                        It is conducted by the
                        NCATE team chair, State
                        team chair, and State
                        Consultants. The unit is
                        represented by the unit
                        head and coordinator of
                        the NCATE review; the
                        president and/or provost
                        may also attend.

V. After the On-Site
       Review
   A. BOE report sent   NCATE mails two copies         After on-site visits, the
       from NCATE       of the report to the unit      Office of Teacher
                        and one copy to the            Education and
                        appropriate State              Accreditation compiles
                        Agencies.                      the State BOE report.
                                                       Within 40 days after


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Category               NCATE                         State
                       policy & options              additions/response
                                                     the on-site visit, the
                                                     Office of Teacher
                                                     Education and
                                                     Accreditation mails
                                                     copies to the
                                                     institution’s chief
                                                     executive office, chief
                                                     academic officer and
                                                     unit head.
                                                     Accompanying the
                                                     State BOE Report is a
                                                     set of instructions for
                                                     submitting an
                                                     institutional rejoinder
                                                     to the State BOE
                                                     Report.



  B. Rejoinder         The unit submits to           Within 30 days of
                       NCATE and the State an        receipt of the State
                       electronic copy, or five      BOE report, the unit
                       hard copies, of its           submits nine copies of
                       rejoinder to the BOE          its rejoinder to the
                       report within 30 days after   Office of Teacher
                       receipt of the BOE Report.    Education and
                                                     Accreditation.

  C. Accreditation &   NCATE’s Unit                  The Office of Teacher
     Approval          Accreditation Board           Education and
                       (UAB) is responsible for      Accreditation sends
                       determining the               copies of the
                       accreditation status of       Institutional Report,
                       professional education        the State BOE report,
                       units, during meetings        and the institutional
                       twice a year. In most         rejoinder to the
                       cases, accreditation          Commissioner’s
                       decisions are rendered at     Advisory Committee
                       the UAB meeting in the        for Unit and Program
                       semester that follows the     Approval (CACUPA).
                       BOE review.                   CACUPA reviews the
                                                     material and makes
                       NCATE provides written        recommendations to
                       notice of all accreditation   the Commissioner of



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Category                NCATE                          State
                        policy & options               additions/response
                        decisions to the U.S.       Education. CACUPA
                        Department of Education,    accepts the NCATE
                        the appropriate state       decision with respect
                        licensing or authorizing    to the professional
                        agency, all institutional   education unit and
                        accrediting agencies        makes one of three
                        recognized by the U.S.      recommendations
                        Department of Education     concerning the
                        and the Council for Higher  specialty area
                        Education Accreditation,    programs: approval,
                        and the public (via the     approval with
                        NCATE website)              stipulations, or denial
                                                    of approval. CACUPA
                        More information about      recommendations are
                        reporting accreditation     reported to the
                        decisions may be found in institution. Final
                        NCATE’s Policies on         determination
                        Dissemination of            regarding approval of
                        Information. Definitions of the unit and specialty
                        NCATE accreditation         area programs is
                        decisions can also be       recommended by the
                        found on NCATE’s            Commissioner of
                        website, or in the          Education to the State
                        Handbook for                Board of Education for
                        Accreditation Visits.       final action. The Board
                                                    generally renders unit
                                                    and specialty area
                                                    decision twice each
                                                    year.

  D. Final Action       Within 30 days after           Following final action
      Report            NCATE’s Unit                   by the State Board of
                        Accreditation Board takes      Education, the
                        action on the                  institution’s chief
                        accreditation of the unit,     executive office, chief
                        NCATE sends the chief          academic officer and
                        executive officer and head     unit head receive the
                        of the professional            State Board of
                        education unit a letter that   Education Action
                        indicates the official         Report from the State
                        action.                        Department of
                                                       Education.

  E. Appeal Procedure   Units may appeal any of        A unit may submit in



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Category                   NCATE                         State
                           policy & options              additions/response
                           the following Unit            writing to the
                           Accreditation Board           executive director of
                           decisions: Provisional        the State Board of
                           Accreditation,                Education a request
                           Accreditation with            for review of a
                           Conditions, Revocation of     recommendation for
                           Accreditation, and            denial of unit or
                           Probation. See NCATE’s        specialty area
                           website at for specific       program approval. A
                           policies and procedures       request for review
                           related to the appeals        must include the
                           process.                      specific reasons and
                                                         full documentation.
                                                         The request must be
                                                         received at least 30
                                                         days prior to the
                                                         regularly scheduled
                                                         Board meeting at
                                                         which the
                                                         recommendation is to
                                                         be considered.
VI. On-Going
        Responsibilities
    A. Protocol            NCATE will post the State
        Distribution       Partnership Protocol on
                           its website; it is also
                           available in hard copy
                           upon request. States will
                           distribute the protocol to
                           all units following the
                           creation/renewal of a
                           Partnership or after either
                           party makes revisions.

   B. Accreditation        Units that receive            Units in the State
      Cycle                accreditation for the first   Tennessee have
                           time will be scheduled for    moved to a seven-
                           their next visit five years   year cycle after the
                           from the semester in          first continuing
                           which their visit occurred.   accreditation review.
                                                         _________________
                           Units that receive
                           continuing accreditation      NOTE: States may
                           will be scheduled for their   determine whether to


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Category               NCATE                           State
                       policy & options                additions/response
                       next visit seven years          participate in
                       from the semester in            probational,
                       which their visit occurred.     conditional, or
                       The seven-year cycle of         provisional reviews.
                       visits apply only if the
                       State has agreed to a
                       seven-year cycle.

                       Units may host a
                       probationary or focused
                       visit as a result of
                       conditional, or provisional
                       accreditation; visits will be
                       within 2 years of the
                       UAB’s decision.

  C. Code of Conduct   To assure units and the         All State BOE
                       public that NCATE               members and
                       reviews are impartial and       Department of
                       objective, to avoid             Education staff shall
                       conflicts of interest, and      follow a State BOE
                       to promote equity and           Code of Conduct that
                       high ethical standards in       is an adaptation of the
                       the accreditation system,       NCATE’s Code of
                       BOE members, board              Conduct, in the
                       members, program                Handbook for
                       reviewers, and staff shall      Accreditation Visits.
                       follow NCATE’s Code of
                       Conduct, in the Handbook
                       for Accreditation Visits
                       and on NCATE’s website.

                       Violation of any part of
                       the Code of Conduct
                       could result in the board
                       member’s removal from
                       the board.


  D. Annual Reviews
     1. Regional       Units must maintain
     Accreditation     regional accreditation in
                       order to continue its
                       NCATE accreditation.


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Category                  NCATE                          State
                          policy & options               additions/response

     2. Change in State   The State will provide to      The State has defined
     Status               NCATE its policy leading       “low-performing
                          to a “Change in State          institution” and/or any
                          Status.”                       other definition that
                                                         changes the state
                          The State will notify          status of an NCATE
                          NCATE within thirty days       accredited teacher
                          of action taken that an        education unit. The
                          NCATE unit has had a           State has developed
                          Change in State Status.        associated policies
                                                         and procedures that
                          Notification of an NCATE       include provisions for
                          accredited unit’s Change       State notification of all
                          in State Status by the         appropriate
                          State will initiate a review   organizations and
                          by NCATE’s Annual              agencies and
                          Report and Preconditions       provisions for State
                          Audit Committee.               action.

                          The NCATE president will
                          notify the unit that the
                          State has informed
                          NCATE of a change in
                          their state status and
                          require the unit to submit
                          a special report within 90
                          days.


     3. Precondition 7    The unit’s programs are
                          approved by the
                          appropriate State agency
                          or agencies, and, in
                          States with educator
                          licensing examinations
                          and required pass rates,
                          the unit’s summary pass
                          rate meets or exceeds the
                          required State pass rate.

     4. Annual Report     Submission of the Annual       The unit submits an
                          Report is a requirement        Annual Report to the
                          for all units that are         State Department of


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Category   NCATE                       State
           policy & options            additions/response
           accredited by NCATE or      Education that
           are candidates or           contains some
           precandidates for NCATE     information from the
           accreditation. Annual       AACTE/NCATE report
           Reports are due October     plus other data
           1st and should be           required by State law
           submitted electronically.   or regulations.




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