The goals of the State Alliance for Clinical Teacher Preparation–a group of states committed to major transformation of educator preparation policies and practices–are three-fold: (1) to foster collaborative partnerships among schools, districts and higher education, (2) to develop more effective state policies which support innovation, research, strong clinical preparation, and partnerships so that teachers are better prepared to meet the needs and challenges of a diverse student population, and (3) to increase use of formative and summative candidate performance assessments to ensure candidates can demonstrate knowledge and skills needed in today's classrooms, and to collect data on candidate performance in classrooms to help preparation programs improve.
Alliance states work with one another and with national experts to pilot approaches to implementation and bring new models of clinical preparation to scale.
The State Alliance was established in 2010 to implement recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning, including the following:
- There must be an intense focus on developing teaching practice and P-12 student learning;
- Higher education and school districts must share accountability and responsibility;
- Educator preparation providers must attract more academically prepared and more diverse cohorts of students;
- The reward structure in academe and P-12 schools' staffing models must shift;
- States and accreditation agencies must strengthen their scrutiny, and preparation programs must become more accountable for meeting school needs and improving P-12 student learning;
- States should help ensure that future teachers are prepared to fill the staffing needs of P-12 schools;
- Federal agencies should support a clearly defined research agenda.