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CAA Usage of Student Achievement Data

The CAA requires graduate programs, through Standard 5.3, to conduct regular and ongoing assessments of program effectiveness and use the results for continuous improvement. There are many measures that a program may use to assess its effectiveness in meeting its mission and goals. CAA requires that programs, at a minimum, use the following student achievement measures:

  • Program completion rates
  • Praxis examination pass rates
  • Employment rates

These are widely recognized national measures of program success and are suggested by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

In order to determine compliance with Standard 5.3, the CAA reviews each program individually (not compared to other programs’ data) and assesses not only the student achievement measures, but how the program uses the results for continuous quality improvement. Furthermore, the CAA assesses what policies, procedures, and plans a program puts in place as a result of the CAA’s assessment of these student achievement measures.

For each student achievement measure, the CAA determines whether the 3-year average meets the CAA’s established thresholds for performance:

  • If not, what is the program doing about it?
  • Have program administrators put in place a remediation or action plan, and is it being implemented?
  • Is progress being made in meeting the thresholds?

It is important to remember that while programs are required to report on these specific student achievement measures, they are just 1 piece of information that is used in the determination of compliance with CAA Standard 5.0 (Assessment).

In fact, there are many other pieces of information that programs provide to assist in assessing a program’s performance, including:

  • Evaluations of faculty
  • Processes used in curricular reviews and strategic planning
  • Ongoing assessment of the program’s ability to meet its stated program mission and goals

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology assistants, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850


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