School of Education Accountability 2022-08-30T10:55:24+00:00


Northwestern State University was founded as a Normal School in 1884.  Since its inception, Northwestern has prided itself on being a premier provider of teacher education programs.  Northwestern’s School of Education is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards.  The School of Education is also recognized by the state of Louisiana as having fully accredited programs.

All of NSU’s initial-licensure level programs underwent review in 2018 and maintained its accreditation.  The advanced programs will undergo an interim review based on the CAEP standards in the Fall 2021 semester.

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information on program outcome and program impact.  The reporting measures for our programs are included on our Accountability page with links to data tables that provide supporting evidence for each measure.

CAEP Annual Accreditation Reporting Measures
Impact Measures CAEP Standard 4

  • Impact on P-12 Learning and Development
  • Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones
  • Satisfaction of Completers

Outcome Measures

  • Graduation Rates
  • Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing and State Requirements for Certification
  • Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared
  • Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information

Evidence of the eight annual reporting measures, impact measures is evident in the following reports.

CAEP requires institutions referred to as providers to complete an annual report to demonstrate compliance with the standards each year. Below are the annual reports that have been submitted each year.

The Board of Regents, a state agency created by the 1974 Louisiana Constitution, coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. The Board of Regents provides institutions of higher education with two report annual reports, Teacher Preparation Data Dashboard and Teacher Preparation Fact Books.
The Data Dashboard includes 9 interactive attainment metrics, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, geography, and age range, that can be filtered by system and by institution type to track progress and inform decision making.

The Fact Book includes static information relevant to enrollment demographics, persistence, graduation rates, and more.

Program Impact date is included in these reports.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic school closures, 2020 Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards and Teacher Preparation Fact Books are unavailable. The Louisiana Board of Regents published and released a Teacher Preparation Fact Book with statewide data in April 2021.

Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards Teacher Preparation Fact Books

Note:  In 2019, due to discrepancies found in data used to calculate Growth in Student Learning Scores and Compass Teacher Evaluation Scores for new teachers completing individual teacher preparation programs, it was not possible to release 2019 Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards or create a 2019 Teacher Preparation Fact Book. Please go to the USDE Title 2 website at (  to locate information about teacher preparation programs pertaining to: listing of programs, number of enrolled candidates, race and gender of enrolled candidates, number of completers, GPA of completers, Praxis passage rates, and other relevant information.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures throughout the state of Louisiana.  This has impacted the data that is available to all institutions.
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Each year the Louisiana Department of Education releases statewide, regional, school system, and school level educator workforce reports. The educator workforce reports were developed to inform school system-level leaders’ and school-level leaders’ educator workforce decisions by providing a rich field of data. The reports contain data relative to educator recruitment, promotion, compensation, and placement. These reports provide Northwestern State University with data to continue to develop and build partnerships with school districts.

Educator Workforce Reports

State Reports Regional Reports University Reports

Note: The Louisiana Department of Education did not provide reports for 2019-2020.

Performance Profile Reports

In June 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) established the Teacher Preparation Quality Rating System, as required by federal regulations. The Teacher Preparation Quality Rating System is designed to: provide preparation programs with meaningful information for improvement, identify programs of excellence and programs in need of improvement, and reward programs for meeting Louisiana’s educator workforce needs. Each provider will receive a quality rating score from a Level 1 (Ineffective) to a Level 4 (Highly Effective). BESE will use the information from the Teacher Preparation Quality Rating System to inform continued program approval decisions.

Onsite reviews of programs were scheduled in 2018-2019 or 2019-2020. Northwestern State University’s onsite review, scheduled in March 2020, was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic school closures. An onsite review was conducted in October 2020.

The performance profiles for each teacher preparation provider were available beginning winter 2020-2021. The performance profiles will be updated annually, and the quality rating score will be updated every other year.

Annual Assessment Cycle Reports (Program Assessment Reports)

2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021