Georgia College earns highest rating on educator preparation program measures of effectiveness for second year

Georgia College earns highest rating on educator preparation program measures of effectiveness for second year

Georgia College’s John H. Lounsbury College of Education earned a Level 4 rating on the 2020 Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (PPEMs) published by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). 

The highest-ranking available, Level 4 is labeled “exemplary” and is above the desired level of performance for effectively preparing future teachers. This marks the second year of the statewide rankings and the second year in a row Georgia College has received the highest rank. 

“Georgia College’s College of Education faculty are exemplary, and we are pleased to see the quality of their work recognized in this way. They have demonstrated over and over that they are committed to analyzing data for continuous improvement in their training of teacher candidates,” said Nicole DeClouette, interim associate dean.

The PPEMs evaluate educator preparation programs using measures collected during candidates’ time in the program—such as certification assessments required by the state—and measures collected following completion once candidates are in the classroom, including classroom observations by supervisors and surveys of employers as well as newly employed teachers. The primary purpose of the PPEMs is to give educator preparation programs detailed information that they can use to improve. 

“At GaPSC, we believe effective teacher preparation is critical to giving all Georgia students the quality education they deserve, said Matt Arthur, GaPSC executive secretary. “We’re proud to see our institutions and GaTAPP providers stepping up and using PPEM data strategically to meet this challenge.”

“In Georgia, all educator preparation providers are engaged in a process of continuous improvement informed by data,” said Penney McRoy, educator preparation division director at GaPSC. “Last year, we saw program providers use their PPEM data to create strategies to improve and, this year, we hope and expect to see more great interactions with the data that will ultimately benefit Georgia students.”

Additionally, the PPEMs are meant to provide the public with valuable information on educator preparation programs, particularly individuals considering entering a program themselves. PPEMs also complement the state’s approval process, as PPEMs align with two of the standards program providers must meet in order to continue preparing future Georgia-certified educators. 

“A Level 4 is reserved for those program providers whose performance was exemplary, and we will ask these providers to share their best practices with other Georgia program providers,” said McRoy.

While PPEMs do reflect important data about program effectiveness, they cannot capture all aspects of a preparation program, nor are they meant to. For instance, the John H. Lounsbury College of Education’s mentor-led, field-based, cohort programs have earned numerous state and national recognitions.

The PPEM ratings of all Georgia educator preparation program providers are now available to the public on the GaPSC PPEM Dashboard at

For more information on the College of Education, visit

Updated: 2020-11-23
Brittiny Johnson
College of Education