Thank you for your interest in becoming an IRA/NCATE Program Reviewer. The IRA’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee reviews and approves the applications.
The following is a list of qualifications and performance expectations for program review:
- Ability to attend annual training sessions at either the IRA annual convention or the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers annual conference
- Ability to make confidential reasoned, unbiased professional judgments about education programs based on their alignment with IRA standards
- Basic knowledge about interpretation of data, performance-based assessment, use of rating scales and rubrics, and analysis of written information
- Commitment and availability to perform duties for a 3-year term
- Commitment to follow IRA Code of Ethics
- Commitment to meet deadlines
- Computer literacy and access to the Internet and e-mail and familiarity with submission and review databases [the NCATE review is conducted online]
- Current membership in IRA
- Excellent writing skills that convey clear, substantive judgments about the program that support the review decision and that offer focused comments to provide institutions the information needed to bring their program into alignment with IRA standards
- Expertise in the field of teaching, administration, teacher education, research, and/or program evaluation
- Familiarity with current and former editions of Standards for Reading Professionals
- Good interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with team members in a courteous and collegial manner, and the ability to work toward consensus in team deliberations
- Three or more years of teaching or other experience related to P-12 reading or literacy education
Program Reviewers agree to review up to five program documents twice yearly. Generally this is done each spring and fall.