Programs At-Risk of Low Performing and Low-Performing

State Definition: At-Risk of Low-Performing and Low-Performing Programs

Title II requires states, in order to receive funds under the Higher Education Act (HEA), to have a procedure to identify and assist low-performing programs of teacher preparation within institutions of higher education.


At its November 2013 meeting, the Professional Educator Standards Board updated the definitions:

Following a regular continuing site visit, the Professional Education Standards Board may choose to grant programs limited approval. These programs will be considered "at risk of low-performing." A program designated "at risk" that fails to regain full approval following the next Board review shall be designated as "low-performing."


At its January 2015 meeting, the following program received limited approval and is designated to be at-risk:
  • Northeast Washington Educational Leadership Consortium Professional Certificate Principal and Program Administrator Program
At its January 2015 meeting, the following program received a second limited approval and is designated to be low-performing:
  • Gonzaga University Professional Certificate School Counselor Program
At its March 2015 meeting, the following programs received limited approval and are designated to be at-risk:
  • Western Governors University-Washington Residency Certificate Teacher Program
  • Western Governors University-Washington Residency Certificate Principal Program