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Student Achievement Measures

The CAA requires accredited programs to annually report student achievement data in 3 areas—program completion, Praxis examination performance, and employment of graduates in the professions. To support assessment of a program’s effectiveness and to comply with accreditation standards, the CAA has established specific thresholds for program performance in each of the 3 required student achievement measures.

Thresholds for Student Achievement Measures

Program Completion Rates

The 3-year average program completion rate must meet or exceed 80%. 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 Rates

The 3-year average Praxis examination pass rate must meet or exceed 80%. 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. Results should be reported only once for test-takers who took the exam multiple times in a single examination reporting period.*

Employment Rates

The 3-year average employment rate must meet or exceed 80%. 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.*

*Note: For guidance on calculating 3-year average rates for the student achievement measures, see Calculating Program Completion Rates.

Guidance

The CAA provides guidance on:

How the Thresholds for Student Achievement Measures Were Established

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.

To aid in this review, aggregate data are compiled on accredited programs’ performance in meeting the thresholds; if a significant percentage of programs have not met CAA-established thresholds, CAA will delve more carefully into possible reasons that may account for programs’ not meeting the standard. CAA will then determine if the measure itself is still appropriate and/or if the threshold is set at an appropriate level.

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 support personnel, 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

800-498-2071

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