Possible Program Recognition Decisions

Once the review is complete, the institution seeking accreditation will receive a program recognition report. Programs that receive national recognition through NCATE accreditation must meet all IRA standards. Reviewers look at each standard; the contextual information and assessment details provided by the institution; the content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions demonstrated by candidates; and the effects on student learning. They then make a decision for the program as a whole.

Possible decisions for both initial program reports (those not previously recognized) and reports currently recognized are described below:

A.  Decision Choices for a Program not Previously Recognized:

Those programs that are going through review for the first time will have several opportunities to submit reports before a final recognition decision is applied.  This will allow new programs the opportunity to receive feedback and make changes in their programs without being penalized with a “not recognized” decision.  It will also allow the program review process to be more collaborative between IRA and the program faculty.  The following decision choices would also apply to programs at continuing institutions that may have been recognized in the past but are not currently recognized one year prior to the visit.  A program that is being evaluated for the first time will receive one of the following three results:

1.   National Recognition
  • The program substantially meets standards
  • No further submission required; program will receive full national recognition when the unit received accreditation
  • Program will be listed on the NCATE website as Nationally Recognized if the unit is already accredited.  If the unit is not accredited the program will be listed as Nationally Recognized pending unit accreditation.
2.   National Recognition with Conditions
  • The program generally meets standards; however a “Response to Conditions” report must be submitted within 18 months to remove conditions.  Conditions could include one or more of the following: o   Insufficient data to determine if standards are met
    o   Insufficient alignment among standards and scoring assessments or scoring guides
    o   Lack of quality in some assessments or scoring guides
    o   An insufficient number of IRA standards was met
    o   The NCATE requirement for an 80% pass rate on state licensure tests is not met
  •  The program has two opportunities within 18-months after the decision to remove the conditions.  If the program is unsuccessful after two attempts, the program status will be changed to Not Nationally Recognized.
  • The program is listed on the NCATE website as Nationally Recognized until it achieves National Recognition or its status is changed to Not Nationally Recognized, in which case the program will be removed from the list on the website.
3.   Further Development Required
  • The standards that are not met are critical to a quality program and more than a few in number OR are few in number but so fundamentally important that recognition is not appropriate.
  • The program will have two opportunities within the 12 to 14 months after the first decision to attain National Recognition or National Recognition with Conditions.  If the program is unsuccessful after two attempts, the program status will be changed to Not Nationally Recognized.
A program could receive a decision of Not Nationally Recognized only after two submissions within the 12 to 14 month period (from the first decision) were unsuccessful in achieving National Recognition or National Recognition with Conditions.

 

 

B.  Proposal for Review of a Program that is Currently Recognized:

Program reports that were approved by IRA during the previous review cycle will not be in jeopardy of losing their recognition status immediately after their first review in a cycle.  These programs will receive one of the following three decisions:

 

1.   Continued National Recognition
  • The program substantially meets standards
  • No further submission required
  • Program is listed on the NCATE website as Nationally Recognized
2.   Continued National Recognition with Conditions
  • The program generally meets standards; however, a “Response to Conditions” report must be submitted within 18 months to remove the conditions.  Conditions could include one or more of the following: o   Insufficient data to determine if standards are met
    o   Insufficient alignment among standards and scoring assessments or scoring guides
    o   Lack of quality in some assessments or scoring guides
    o   An insufficient number of IRA standards was met
    o   The NCATE requirement for an 80% pass rate on state licensure tests is not met
  • The program has two opportunities within 18-months after the decision to attain National Recognition.  If the program is unsuccessful after two attempts, the program status will be changed to Not Nationally Recognized.
  • The program is listed on the NCATE website as Nationally Recognized (based on its prior review) until the UAB makes an accreditation decision for the unit.  At that point, if the program is still Nationally Recognized with Conditions the designation on the website will be changed to National Recognition with Conditions.  This designation will stand until the program achieves National Recognition or its status is changed to Not Nationally Recognized, in which case the program will be removed from the list on the website.
3.   Continued National Recognition with Probation
  • The standards that are not met are critical to a quality program and more than a few in number OR are few in number but so fundamentally important that recognition is not appropriate.  To remove probation, the unit may submit a revised program report addressing unmet standards within 12 to 14 months, or the unit may submit a new program report for national recognition within 12 to 14 months.
  • The program will have two opportunities with the 12 to 14 months after the first decision to attain National Recognition or National Recognition with Conditions.  If the program is unsuccessful after two attempts, the program status will be changed to Not Nationally Recognized.
  • The program is listed on the NCATE website as Nationally Recognized (based on its prior review) until the end of the semester in which the UAB makes an accreditation decision for the unit.  At that point, the decision will be changed to Not Nationally Recognized and the program will be removed from the website.
A program could receive a decision of Not Nationally Recognized only after two submissions within the 12 to 14 month period (from the first decision) were unsuccessful in reaching either National Recognition or Continued National Recognition with Conditions.

For guidance in preparing a program report that aligns with the IRA Standards for Reading Professionals, program writers should review Guidelines for Program Writers and Reviewers.

 

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