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Academic Preparation & Education Programs (APEP) Committee

Denise Fleming (East Bay), Chair

This May, APEP completed its final math-focused tasks for this academic year. Recently, we have begun meeting collectively, rather than separately, with our Chancellor's Office (CO) liaisons, Ken O’Donnell, Eric Forbes, Ed Sullivan, and Carolina Cardenas. We all agreed that the resulting discussions have been more robust and productive.
We are also grateful to Dr. Sharon Russell, who attended APEP in Dr. Joe Aguerrebere’s stead. Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has recently released revised credential program standards and Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE). Sharon summarized the essential changes in both of these documents for the committee and provided meaningful answers to questions regarding implementation on our campuses.
Finally, the committee engaged in preliminary goal setting for Academic Year 2016-17. Areas and goals include:
  • Teacher Preparation: changes to credentialing standards at CTC, TPEs, other credentialed programs (e.g., administration), CalState TEACH (Teacher Preparation Program), and a special focus on steps to help mediate the growing teacher shortage.
  • Monitoring academic preparation of incoming students, gathering and responding to data on Early Start (student success, not just participation), how a course analogous to the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC) might be developed for mathematics.
  • Monitoring and responding to the continuing implementation of Smarter Balanced/Common Core, and the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) revision.
Our meetings have helped shape the now state and national conversations around mathematics preparation for California’s high school students, particularly those who are California State University (CSU)-bound. We will continue this work, to be sure. But, we must also revisit and reassess the spectrum of literacy-related requirements, programs, and issues (e.g., reading comprehension across the disciplines, Writing transfer, Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement [GWAR], placement exams, and more)

We hope you will join in the conversation with us. Email with your comments and questions.