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ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers Approved

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA — On December 13, 2013, ACTFL’s revised ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers were approved by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) State Partnerships and Content Areas Committee. These standards are a revision of the formerly approved 2002 standards, and have been developed by a grass-roots effort over the last two years. ACTFL is grateful for the expertise of the Standards Revision Writing Team and members of the profession at large who have provided input and commentary through surveys, and presentations at national and regional conferences. The State Partnership and Content Area Committee offered praise for the documents saying that they "appreciated the time and effort that was evident in your submission. The extensive documentation of how the research shaped the development of the standards was particularly well conceived and presented."

“ACTFL is especially pleased that the revised ACTFL/CAEP standards for teacher education program have been approved by the CAEP Board,” said Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL President. “It was a great collaborative effort on the part of the members of the Standards Collaborative Board and the language profession at large.”

Marty Abbott, ACTFL Executive Director, added, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the task force that did such an excellent job of revising the document and updating the background information.  Led by ACTFL’s liaison to CAEP, Judith Shrum, and ACTFL Past President, Dave McAlpine, the task force included Eileen Glisan, June Phillips, Rebecca Fox, Nathan Bond, Anne Nerenz, Duarte Silva, and Marjorie Tussing.”

Programs seeking national recognition through ACTFL/CAEP may use either the 2002 or the 2013 standards. In spring 2016 programs must use the 2013 standards. Programs that are submitting Revised Reports or Response to Conditions Reports should continue to use the same set of standards they addressed in their original report.

Additional documents to assist programs in preparing the ACTFL/CAEP program report will be available by late spring of 2014. These documents will offer step-by-step suggestions for how to write the report and present examples of the required key assessments. Revisit this site then to look for Guidelines for Preparing the ACTFL/CAEP Program Report. Guidelines and webinars to refresh reviewers will be announced for the spring 2014 as well.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,500 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014