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FSU Passing Rate for Praxis Teachers Examinations Tops State Average
04/05/2002

The percentage of Frostburg State University College of Education students who passed the Praxis I basic skills and Praxis II content specialty tests for teacher candidates again surpassed the Maryland average for the 2000-2001 academic year.

In the basic skills portion of the test, 97 percent of FSU students passed, or 148 of the 152 taking the test. The pass rate across Maryland is 95 percent.

In a test of academic content areas, such as math, English or biology, 94 percent passed, 175 out of 186 taking the test. The statewide rate was 93 percent.

Overall, 91 percent, 139 of 152 passed all tests, including academic content areas, compared with 88 percent statewide.

In the professional knowledge portion of the National Teachers Examination (NTE), which measures the methods and theories of teaching and has been replaced by Praxis tests, 97 percent passed, 67 of the 69 taking the test. The statewide pass rate was 92 percent. The NTE was once required but now is no longer administered by the Educational Testing Service.

At FSU, students must pass Praxis I, the basic skills test, to be accepted into the teacher education program. Currently, Early Childhood/ Elementary, Elementary, and Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary majors must pass Praxis II in order to graduate, and all other programs have instituted this requirement in the 2001-2003 catalog.

"With the changes that we have made in our programs in order to assure candidate success, I predict that our test scores will continue to increase," said Dr. Susan Arisman, FSU's dean of the College of Education. "We have excellent programs at Frostburg State University, and the performance of our graduates will continue to confirm this fact."

In the elementary and early childhood education content areas, 100 percent of the students passed the Elementary Education Content Knowledge test (38 students), the Early Childhood Education test (56 students) and the Education in the Elementary School test (50 students). The pass rate on the Early Childhood Education test increased by 16 percentage points from the previous year, primarily because of an increase in the number of required courses for early childhood education.

In the content areas, 91 percent, or 10 of the 11 students who took the physical education content knowledge test passed, compared to an 83 percent passing rate statewide. Other content areas had too few FSU students taking the test for a passing percentage to be reported.

FSU's initial teacher preparation program enrolled 661 in 2000-2001. The program, with a faculty/student ratio of 5.4 in supervising interns, requires an extended internship consisting of 20 weeks over two semesters for at least 700 hours.

FSU's programs are accredited by the state of Maryland under its Redesign for Teacher Education, recognized nationally by and in compliance with 14 professional content associations and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education under the new 2000 performance standards.

For more information about FSU's College of Education, call (301) 687-4759.

Web Address for More Information: http://www.frostburg.edu/events/pdf/FSUTitleIIReportCardfor02AY00-01Rev.pdf

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu