CAA Established Thresholds for Required Student Achievement Measures
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) currently requires accredited programs to report student achievement data on an annual basis in three areas, which are identified in the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [PDF]: program completion rates, Praxis examination performance of graduates, and employment rates. To support assessment of a program's effectiveness and to comply with accreditation standards, the CAA has established specific thresholds for program performance in the three required student achievement measures, as follows:
- Program completion rate—At least 80% of students must have completed the program within the program's published time frame, as averaged over the 3 most recently completed academic years.
- Praxis examination pass rate—At least 80% of test-takers from the program, excluding individuals who graduated more than 3 years ago, who have sat for the Praxis examination must have passed the test, as averaged over the 3 most recently completed academic years.
- Employment rate—At least 80% of program graduates must be employed in the profession or pursuing further education in the profession within 1 year of graduation, as averaged over the 3 most recently completed academic years.
These specific measures and related thresholds for performance were first established by the CAA in 2002 and have been reviewed and validated every 3 years for continued currency, appropriateness, and effectiveness in evaluating a program's success. The CAA considers extensive research on current benchmarks in use by other accreditors, best practices in the areas of performance assessment and outcomes measurement, recommendations by the U.S. Department of Education, and national performance averages and trends when determining which achievement measures to require and when establishing related thresholds for those student achievement measures.