A higher bar could be set for teacher preparation due to a merger of the two national accreditation groups for teacher education -- the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Under the agreement, the groups would merge within the next two years to become the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. While the merger will have no immediate effect on teacher education, a potential long-term goal of the group is to "raise the bar for quality educator preparation."

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