Frostburg State University College of Education students passed one or more of the Praxis tests 97 percent of the time, 125 out of 129 students who took the tests. The state passing rate for the tests, required for teacher certification in Maryland, was 95 percent.
All but one of the 129 students who took the basic skills portion of the test passed it. The pass rate across Maryland is 99 percent.
"We continue to monitor our results and make adjustments to assure the success of our candidates," 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.”
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 for students covered by FSU's 2001-2003 catalog.
In the professional knowledge portion of the test, all 10 students, or 100 percent, who took the Physical Education Video Evaluation test passed. The statewide pass rate is 98 percent. In the Elementary Education Content Area Exercises, 92 percent, or 85 of 92 students, passed, compared to a 97 percent passing rate statewide. Other professional knowledge testing areas had too few FSU students taking the test for a pass rate to be reported individually, but the overall pass rate of all the professional knowledge test was 93 percent, 107 of 115 students passing, compared to a statewide pass rate of 96 percent.
In a test of academic content areas, such as math, English or biology, 94 percent passed, 142 out of 151 taking the test, up slightly from the previous year. The statewide rate was 98 percent.
In the individual areas with enough students to be reported:
-- 99 percent, 92 of 93 students, passed the Elementary Education Content Knowledge test (the Maryland rate was 99.6 percent);
-- 90 percent, nine of 10 students, passed the Physical Education Content Knowledge test (Maryland's rate was 92 percent). This rate was 15 percentage points better than the previous year's pass rate.
-- 80 percent, 24 of 30 students passed the Early Childhood Education test (the Maryland rate was 96 percent);
FSU's initial teacher preparation program enrolled 742 graduate and undergraduate students in 2002-2003. The program, with a faculty/student ratio of 5.7 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 2000 performance standards.
For more information about FSU's College of Education, call (301) 687-4759.
Click here to view FSU's Title II 2002-2003 Academic Year Report Card. This information is presented in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf).