Baylor School of Education "accredited" by State Through 1999

Oct. 6, 1998

by Lori Scott Fogleman

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) has accepted the appeal of the accreditation status of Baylor University's School of Education.

Baylor was one of 35 institutions placed on an "Accredited Under Review" list last month because of test performance among certain demographic groups. Baylor was eligible to appeal based on the low number of test-takers in some categories.

In a letter to Baylor President Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr., the board said it had reviewed the university's appeal and rated the School of Education "Accredited" through August 31, 1999.

"The State Board for Educator Certification appreciates your efforts to improve teaching and learning in Texas," wrote Pamela B. Tackett, the SBEC's executive director.

"This confirms the high regard the state has always had for the quality of teacher education at Baylor," said Dr. Robert Yinger, dean of the School of Education.

The Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) ratings system was authorized in 1995 with the passage of Senate Bill 1. ASEP affects 69 universities, 13 education service centers and four school districts that are approved by the SBEC to prepare educators to teach in Texas public schools.

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