Annual Indicators

Eight annual reporting measures required by CAEP.

CAEP has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide data to the public on program impact, program outcomes, and consumer information.

Measures of Program Impact (CAEP Standard 4)

Impact on P-12 Learning and Development (Component 4.1)

This measure evaluates how program completers contribute to student-learning growth. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania utilizes a Student Learning Objectives (SLO) process to assess and document educator effectiveness based on student achievement of content standards. SLO is a part of Pennsylvania's multiple-measure, comprehensive, system of Educator Effectiveness authorized by Act 82 (HB 1901). SLO serves as one source of evidence of completer's impact on student learning and development. The College of Education contacted completers who are classroom teachers to ask what evidence they have collected that speaks to student learning in their P-12 classrooms.  This PDF includes samples of SLO provided by program completers at various levels.   

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is currently developing a reporting system that connects P-12 student outcomes data with the classroom teacher of record and the educator preparation program (EPP) from which they completed.  This report is available to EPPs in other states and is a very helpful tool for the EPPs to use when assessing impact on student learning.  Until this data is made available to the EPP, collecting robust data will remain challenging.

Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness (Component 4.2)

This measure evaluates by observation or P-12 student surveys how program completers apply the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired in their preparation programs effectively in their P-12 classrooms.  As indicated above, the College of Education contacted completers who are classroom teachers to ask for evidence of their teaching effectiveness that is collected through teacher evaluation tools administered by the school districts.  The PDF referenced above also includes teacher observations.

Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones (Component 4.3 / A.4.1)

The College of Education identified schools where groups of program completers are teaching across the commonwealth and in surrounding states and interviewed employers regarding satisfaction with these teachers in their schools. Employer questions followed the inTASC standards used for pre-service teachers, and also asked about teacher retention, student growth, and teacher effectiveness. 

Next steps will be to compile a listing of principals at all schools where our completers have been identified as teaching and convert the current employer interview into a survey to collect additional data.  Also the use of focus groups will provide a deeper understanding of Penn State teachers in the classroom.  Interview data will be available here beginning Fall 2018, with additional survey and focus group data available when completed.

Satisfaction of Completers (Component 4.4 / A.4.2)

The College of Education surveys students after program completion.  These various surveys and results can be found on the Completer Survey Results page.  Also, beginning in 2017, PDE began releasing Program Satisfaction data that it collected from completers from within their certification application.  The following table reflects this first year of data:

PDE Program Satisfaction Data
Survey Questions Spring and Summer 2017 CompletersPercentage of Agree or Strongly Agree Responses
My program provider clearly communicated program and certification requirements before program enrollment. 85.27%
I feel adequately prepared to design and implement instruction and assessments aligned with state standards. 94.64%
I have sufficient knowledge to teach and work with all students effectively. 94.20%
My field experiences provided opportunities to work with diverse learners. 88.84%
I received effective feedback, coaching and mentoring that built my confidence, skills, and knowledge. 90.63%

All Standard Four evidence tagged at the component level provided to CAEP in the College's Self-Study report can be found on the Evidence Table for Standard Four webpage.

Measures of Program Outcomes

Graduation Data Summaries (Initial and Advanced Programs)

The College of Education provides five years of EPP data such as completer final GPA's and the percentage of program completers eligible for state certification upon graduation.  All years show eligibility rates well over 95% at the initial level.  In almost every year, 100% of advanced program completers were eligible for certification.

Ability of Completers to Meet Certification Requirements

The College of Education provides three years of EPP data showing results of state licensure exams, including pass rates and median scores by program year and program area.

Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions

The College of Education compiles data received from PDE on an annual basis on program completers who have accepted a position in a Pennsylvania school. For example, the calendar year 2016 shows 191 Penn State completers employed by a Pennsylvania school.  Please see Completers Hired for a break down of additional years and levels of completers.

Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information

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The data below are from the U.S. Department of Education.  At this time, college student loan default rates as provided by the federal government are not able to be separated out from the university's aggregate data.

Default Rate as of 2015
School TypePercentage Rate
Penn State University 5.1%
All Pennsylvania Schools 9.6%
Public Four Year Schools 7.1%
National Average All Schools 10.8%