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2024 CAEP Accountability Measures

Reporting Measure  
Measure 1. Completer Impact and Effectiveness

Measure 1. Completer Impact and Effectiveness

As planned in the previous report, as school systems began to re-emerge from COVID, the EPP tried to re-establish a reporting system with local school divisions to collect anonymized Teacher Evaluation data for George Mason completers [As also noted in the previous report, VDOE instructed that “how student academic progress is met in the evaluation is the responsibility of the local school division.” Essentially all Virginia teachers are required to be evaluated against the standards, but how they are evaluated, and whether this evaluation is collected in a systematic, automated process is decided at the local level. During AY22-23, VDOE continued to not provide a completer employment list to each EPP.].

During AY22-23, the EPP reached out to one large school district to collect this information. At the end of AY22-23, the EPP was still working with the school district to answer questions about the request.

This experience occurred multiple times over the next academic year as the EPP expanded its teacher evaluation request to multiple school districts; some come back with questions, but then denied the request due to manpower needed to comply. One district was willing, but charged an hourly fee to conduct the work. Others that graciously responded with teacher evaluation data provided it in a variety of aggregated forms (at the EPP level; like-programs grouping; program-level). More information will be provided in the EPP’s Self Study and next year’s Annual Reporting.

Without a state-wide collection system in place, nor EPP access to state-level data of student performance, the EPP continues to try to build stronger relationships with school district-level administrators to establish an efficient and effective way to provide this information to the EPP without burdening the local resources.

As noted last year, the EPP also attempted to collect more concrete, in-depth qualitative information about how completers apply professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the P-12 classroom by conducting focus groups.

The 13 focus group recipients were out of the 458 targeted spring 2023 emails that went out to completers to participate in pilot focus groups in May/June 2023.

In spring 2023, the EPP arranged focus groups with completers from the Elementary, Early Childhood, Physical Education, Foreign/World Languages, and ESOL. George Mason PhD candidates who had been trained in qualitative methods conducted the focus groups that occurred over Zoom. The focus group recordings and transcripts were then analyzed for themes.

Completers felt that building relationships, open communication, and collaboration with colleagues and children were highly important skills to being an effective teacher and were emphasized within their programs.

Although all completers thought that the lesson plan activities in their programs were very long and detailed, the activities built confidence in some completers and appreciation of the intentionality of each component of the lesson plan in others, making them more effective teachers.

Cultural responsiveness and the belief that all children can learn were two strong dispositional themes that emerged and were discussed as important to their program preparation.

Real-life experiences in clinical experiences and applicable resources were noted as very useful and used in their classroom as teachers.

Many completers noted more system training in IEP/504 preparation, and handling “non-ideal” situations, including behavioral issues would be very useful.

Other points such as knowing how to navigate school/county administration and systems would make them feel more prepared, as well as learning how to co-teach/collaborate with different roles of people in the building would be appreciated.

Learning how to cope with the stresses of the job were also emphasized. Some completers noted that program faculty talked about this issue, but that the mental health of teachers needs to be recognized.

Overall, completers felt that their programs prepared them with appropriate skills and knowledge of their content area, and that appropriate dispositions were strongly affirmed. More recent completers expressed less confidence, as well as those whose clinical experience was impacted by COVID, about preparation than those who had been in the field for a few years.

All emphasized challenges outside of their content area – such as handling “non-ideal” situations and understanding school systems/dynamics – as the biggest challenges, but also recognized the challenge for programs to familiarize candidates with the systems and procedures of each county and school system.

Measure 2. Satisfaction of employers and stakeholder involvement

Measure 2. Satisfaction of employers and stakeholder involvement

As noted in previous Annual Reports, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is no clear mechanism for collecting and sharing data across the state education agency, EPPs, and P-12 school divisions. Collection of accurate emails and post-graduation contact information is a continuous challenge. Additionally, the position of the VDOE staff member who provided each Virginia EPP their completer list during summer months has still not been fulfilled. Both of these changes greatly impacted the EPP’s ability to provide Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative (VEAC) ( with accurate completer lists and emails for completer satisfaction surveys.

Initial Licensure
Despite these challenges, VEAC distributed and collected survey information for 31 Virginia EPPs for the fourth year in AY 2022-2023.

As noted in the Initial Licensure Employer Survey VEAC Report, 31 EPP participated (up from 29 from the previous year) in the 2022-2023 cycle. Upon closing the survey in May 2023, VEAC collected 1317 employer complete and partial responses (up from 1169 responses last year). For George Mason University, the EPP had 79 responses, a 26% response rate (a massive improvement from the previous year of 6%) based on the total number of contacts submitted to VEAC minus the number of failed/bounced emails.

The average rated readiness of the EPP completers by employers was 4.21 (on a 1-5 scale).

Since the EPP had recently begun graduating undergraduate, as well as graduate completers, the EPP evaluated the differences in these scores. When split, for the undergraduate completers, 60% were considered “Mostly Ready,” while 26.67% were considered “Fully Ready.” The mean for “Best described the extent to which completers are ready” for undergraduates was 4.00.

For the graduate completers, the scores flipped – 24.56% were considered “Mostly Ready,” while 56.14% were considered “Fully Ready.” The mean for “Best described the extent to which completers are ready” for undergraduates was 4.26.

When looking at all completers, undergraduates scored lower than graduates in every item of the survey. Out of every item, both groups had lower means for the following item:

ID: Systematically gathers, analyzes, and uses all relevant data to measure student academic progress, guide instructional content and delivery methods, and provide timely feedback to students, caregivers, and other educators. Undergraduate Mean:2.80 Graduate Mean:3.09

IN: Engages in reflection on the impact of their teaching practice and adapts to meet the needs of each learner. Undergraduate Mean:2.93 Graduate Mean: 3.23

Looking through the lens of Mason Completer Years in these two items, overall scores have dropped 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

2019 Completers
2020 Completers
2021 Completers
2022 Completers
Item ID 3.50/3.33/3.35 3.00/3.00/3.00 3.00/2.90/2.93 2.33/3.00/2.64
Item IN 4.00/3.33/3.40 3.00/3.25/3.22 3.00/2.90/2.93 2.50/3.40/2.91

In most cases, both groups’ scores dropped in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The graduate completers improved in 2022. The undergraduates continued to drop. This could be for several factors. For the graduate programs, the first post-COVID group was coming out of George Mason from established programs. For the undergraduate programs, the N was much smaller and included the first completers of new undergraduate programs.

Overall it seems to show that graduate completers are coming out more equipped and ready for the classroom. This could be based on age, maturity and experience, or that the graduate programs are more established and the graduate/post baccalaureate level, candidates have the breath and ability to focus of pedagogical practice. Faculty teach both levels and have commented on the needed scaffolding for the undergraduate programs. This continues to be an issue.

In the open-ended responses, 27 employers gave responses. Overall were positive, with two particularly negative responses.

These reports were widely shared with the faculty to review and inform their program goals and improvement. These VEAC surveys are critical in informing our licensure programs about how the preparation of our programs is perceived.

Advanced Licensure
The EPP has five advanced programs that work independent of each other. Each advanced program has its own structure, assessments, and standards external to CAEP’s requirements of the generic professional skills. The EPP supports the purpose and goals of each individual advanced program and respects their individual approach to collecting employer feedback that best informs their continuous improvement.

As noted in the Interim Advanced CAEP Report, the EPP had initially expressed concern about using surveys for advanced completers and employers, and focused on the qualitative responses of each Advisory Council. The programs have continued to have active advisory and stakeholder participation, but decided to supplement this work with the VEAC Advanced Survey. Over 2022-2023, the EPP returned to the VEAC Advanced Licensure Surveys for completers and employers, using a more targeted email and personalized program-specific message approach. Below describes a variety of methods used by advanced programs to collect employer satisfaction.

VEAC Surveys
For the employers, 235 emails were sent out, but a significant number of emails bounced or were failed messages. The EPP plans to work on identifying more reliable email contacts in the upcoming years. The remaining successful emails meant that the number of responses were significantly less, but the percentage of response rates – averaging 40% for George Mason University – was significantly high. Note: W&M had absolutely no bounceback emails! George Mason has followed up with W&M for thoughts and support.

The survey was a 4-point scale of Unacceptable (1.00), Needs Improvement (2.00), Proficient (3.0), and Exemplary (4.00).

Administration & Supervision
Reviewing the VEAC results (n=3), for the Item “Demonstrated capacity to evaluate, communicate about, and advocate for ethical and legal decisions,” the EPP program had a mean of 3.00, while overall VEAC mean was 3.47.

For the Item “Uses public relations and public engagement strategies and processes for building and sustaining positive relationships with families, caregivers and community partners for the benefit of school improvement and student development,” the EPP mean was 3.67, while the overall VEAC mean was 3.41.

Since this data was collected, the program has earned NELP recognition. The preparation for the NELP SPA Report including re-aligning the current assessment in EDLE 612 Education Law, the Ethics Code, Case Study, and Analysis, in which candidates develop an ethical code and identify and write a case study about an ethical dilemma in their school system, using their Code of Ethics to analyze the case study. The results of this revised assessment will be closely monitored.

Counselor Education
The VEAC response rate was too low (n=1) to provide an adequate illustration of how well the program prepares its completers. However, as a CACREP-accredited program, the program has a very active and documented Advisory Council that discusses and analyzes information and actions on their website in the CACREP Annual Report.

Math Specialist
Although the response rate of the Math Specialist program was small (n=2), it did represent 10% of the overall VEAC responses. Essentially, one completer was considered Exemplary in every item. The employer noted the completer was “Fully Ready,” commenting that the completer “…is amazing… takes every challenge extended, knows and cares deeply about mathematics curriculum and content…fabulous, thank you!!!!!!” The second completer’s scores ranged from Developing/Needs Improvement to Proficient. Both were from the same graduating year, 2021. Since this was a COVID year, it may explain the extreme differences in evaluations.

School Psychology
According to the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP), there are only five accredited programs in Virginia. NASP approximates that there is a 1:1001-1500 ratio of school psychologist to students in Virginia (NASP considers 1:500 acceptable). As the primarily provider of School Psychology graduates in the northern Virginia area, program has taken other avenues to collect employer satisfaction and respond to the need for prepared school psychologists. The School Psychology program has been planning the launch of its Coordinated Educational and Wellness Services (CEWS) center which will offer psychoeducational testing and evaluation of school-aged children to help the students, families and schools of northern Virginia. The goal of these services is to improve the emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning of children in primary and secondary schools. The program’s candidates will be well trained and closely monitored by supervisors who are experts in their fields and licensed to practice in the community. Program faculty have been engaging with community organizations and school psychology leaders in Northern Virginia school districts in disseminating the news about the opening of CEWS.

Reading Specialist
Since the last annual review, the Reading Specialist program has been revamping the curriculum and program name to more closely align with program completer and employer expectations. Also, as noted on the VDOE website, “With the passage of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) in the 2022 General Assembly, Virginia is taking the lead nationwide to improve early literacy outcomes for Virginia’s young learners. Through the VLA, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will support school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance and funding…Beginning in 2024-25: Every reading specialist, in consultation with classroom teachers, will coordinate and oversee intervention for students not meeting literacy benchmarks, and will develop and monitor student progress on student reading plans, working closely with families and teachers.” The response rate for the Reading Specialist (n=2) was too low to make any specific program recommendations. While the majority of overall VEAC responses were from programs from varying institutions (Averett, Radford, and W&M), George Mason closely reviewed the items that best matched this VDOE goal.

Stakeholder Involvement
The EPP has a well-established Quality Assurance System called DARE (Data Assessment Review and Evaluation) which provides programs the opportunity to look at multiple measures to inform their program goals on an annual basis. Advisory Council activities support the efforts of CAEP Standard 2, 3, 4, and 5, and advisory councils are made up of a variety of stakeholders and representatives who bring their own voice and perspective to each licensure program. The Advisory council actionable feedback – formal and informal- informs all aspects of each licensure program and serves as a measure for our DARE, and as evidence of stakeholder involvement.

In addition to our program Advisory Committees, as an active member in VEAC, the EPP is also collecting additional stakeholder feedback through the VEAC Surveys. The quantitative results, as well as the qualitative responses, of our completers and employers serves as some of the multiple measures for the EPP’s DARE, as evidence for informing the EPP’s mastery of Standard 4, and as evidence of stakeholder participation.

At the program level, the clinical experience of each licensure program involves multiple school/site personnel and their feedback on our candidates and programs. For the initial licensure programs, Mentor Teacher feedback is collected formally through the Internships survey that helps collect feedback CAEP Standard 1 and 2.

At the EPP level, the college has created high-level school partnerships that have created excellent opportunities for discussion about the needs of today’s schools and students. These senior school stakeholders are helping with feedback that impacts CAEP Standard 1 and 2.

Measure 3. Candidate competency at completion

Measure 3. Candidate competency at completion

The following candidates successfully completed all of the state licensure requirements and were recommended for licensure:

Number of completers in programs leading to initial teacher certification or licensure: 441

Number of completers in advanced programs or programs leading to a degree, endorsement, or some other credential that prepares the holder to serve in P-12 schools (Do not include those completers counted above.): 186

Measure 4. Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

Measure 4. Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

Currently data for Measure 4: Ability of Completers to Be Hired is currently unavailable, as the main administrative survey office of the university discontinued its one-year out survey as of AY2020-2021. The EPP’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) transitioned to collecting this information through the Career Plans Survey, “Formerly known as the Career Census Survey, the Career Plans Survey is a collaborative project between OIEP, University Career Services, and the Office of Alumni Affairs to collect information about Mason graduates’ (undergraduate and graduate) employment status, use of job search resources, and plans for further education.” (

Preparation of AY2022-2023 data of the Career Plans Survey is currently underway (summer 2024). Meanwhile, the EPP is working on alternative ways to improve data collection for this measure and we hope to resume EPP-level data reporting by CAEP Annual Reporting AY23-24.

Average GPA for Program Completers

Traditional Program Group Degree Level GPA
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2017-18 Bachelor’s 3.52
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2017-18 Master’s 3.96
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2016-17 Bachelor’s 3.48
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2016-17 Master’s 3.97
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2015-16 Bachelor’s 3.44
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2015-16 Master’s 3.97

Institutional Licensure Pass Rates

Traditional Program Group Number
taking tests
passing tests
Pass rate (%)
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2017-18 334 334 100
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2016-17 337 337 100
George Mason University (017) All program completers, 2015-16 375 375 100

Institutional Report Card