Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (PPEM)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will begin using Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (PPEM) as part of the process of assessing educator preparation program (EPP) effectiveness beginning with a pilot phase in 2013-14 and full implementation by 2015-16. Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (TPPEM) and Leader Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (LPPEM) will measure program quality and program impact on teaching and learning in P-12 schools. According to the GaPSC, by using PPEMs to measure EPPs several goals will be accomplished:

  • Hold EPPs accountable to high program standards
  • Apply a consistent set of state-determined effectiveness measures across all teacher and leader preparation programs
  • Improve the effectiveness of teacher and leader preparation programs
  • Inform the citizens of Georgia about preparation program quality
  • Improve teaching and learning in P-12 schools

Program performance data will continue to be collected annually by GaPSC from all EPPs with five data elements collected annually and grouped into the GaPSC Annual Program Performance Data:

  • persistence data
  • completion data
  • yield data
  • graduate survey data
  • survey data from employers of graduates

These measures will constitute 10 percent of TPPEM and 30 percent of LPPEM. The other program performance data will be TEM/LEM scores of graduates, induction success rate (for TPPEM only), and content knowledge.

The goal of the PPEMs is to align with Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards and, as such, for programs that perform at the highest of the four new performance levels, (“Exemplar”) there is a possibility of permitting a less stringent review process from CAEP. The opposite, however, can be said for those programs designated as “Low Performing” or “At Risk of Low Performing.” Eventually, edTPA data will also be incorporated into the PPEM evaluation process.

For more information on the PPEM changes and timeline, visit the GaPSC’s PPEM home page.