American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) provides leadership for the continuing transformation of professional preparation programs to ensure competent and caring educators for all of America's children and youth. It is the principal professional association for college and university leaders with responsibility for educator preparation. AACTE is the major voice, nationally and internationally, for American colleges, schools, and departments of education, and is a locus for discussion and decision making on professional issues of institutional, state, national, and international significance.
Standards-based Teacher Education Project (STEP)
The Standards-based Teacher Education Project (STEP) was created in 1997 by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in collaboration with the former Council for Basic Education to improve what teacher education candidates know, how well they can teach what they know, and how well their P-12 students learn. STEP projects were designed to foster collaboration among faculties of education, arts and sciences, two-year colleges, and P-12 schools around the alignment of standards and the collection of data to assess candidate knowledge, teaching skills and impact on student learning.
Twenty-five campuses in Georgia, Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, and Delaware initially participated in and completed the three-year STEP project and are currently considered to be alumni of the project. Institutions in Indiana, Mississippi and Virginia have also participated.