The percentage of Frostburg State University students who passed the National Teacher Examination basic skills and professional knowledge tests was higher than the average across Maryland for the 1999-2000 academic year.
In the basic skills portion of the test, 99 percent passed, or 164 of the 165 taking the test and who completed their teacher education program. The statewide pass rate is 96 percent.
In the professional knowledge portion of the test, which measures the methods and theories of teaching, 99 percent passed, 158 of the 160 taking the test. The statewide pass rate was 97 percent.
The NTE has been phased out, however, and has been replaced with the Praxis I and Praxis II tests. At FSU, students must pass Praxis I, the basic skills test, to be accepted into the teacher education program. Eventually, for all education majors to graduate, they must pass Praxis II. That requirement is being phased in over several years.
"I'm very satisfied with the quality of our candidates and their test scores," said Dr. Susan Arisman, FSU's dean of the College of Education, "and we'll be continuously improving in the future."
In the content areas, 95 percent of the 21 students who took the physical education test passed, compared to a 92 percent passing rate statewide. In social studies, 91 percent passed, compared to the state average of 98 percent. However, only 11 FSU students took the test, so the one student who didn't pass accounted for 9 percent of the total. Other areas had too few FSU students taking the test for a passing percentage to be reported.
In the elementary and early childhood education content areas, 94 percent (94 of the 100 taking the test) passed elementary education and 84 percent ( 73 of 87) passed early childhood education, compared to 97 percent and 95 percent respectively. Students taking the early childhood education test in the 1999-2000 academic year were only required to take one course on early childhood content. Four courses in the early childhood specialization are now required.
Overall, of the 166 students who took one or more tests across all categories, 153 passed, or 92 percent. The state average is the same.
FSU's teacher preparation program enrolled 666 candidates in 1999-2000. The program, with a faculty/student ratio of 18:1, requires its interns to be in a school for 490 hours, seven hours per day for a total of 14 weeks. FSU's program is accredited by the state of Maryland.
For more information about FSU's College of Education, call (301) 687-4759.
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