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FSU Passing Rate for Praxis Teaching Exams Higher than State's

Frostburg State University College of Education students passed one or more of the Praxis tests 98 percent of the time, 133 out of 136 students who took the tests. The state passing rate for the tests, required for teacher certification in Maryland, was 96 percent. Passing rates in most areas showed improvement over the previous year.

All but one of the 136 students who took the basic skills portion of the test passed it. The pass rate across Maryland is 99 percent.

"Everywhere I go, local superintendents ask me to send more of our graduates to them," 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. All teacher education candidates must pass the Praxis II licensure exam to complete the program.

In the professional knowledge portion of the test, the overall pass rate was 99 percent, meaning all but one of the 123 students who took the test passed. The statewide pass rate is 97 percent. In the Elementary Education Content Area Exercises, 99 percent, or 105 out of 106 students, passed, compared to a 98 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.

In a test of academic content areas, such as math, English or biology, 98 percent passed, 130 out of 132 taking the test, up from the previous year. The statewide rate was 98 percent.

In the individual areas with enough students to be reported:

-- 99 percent, 106 of 107 students, passed the Elementary Education Content Knowledge test (the Maryland rate was comparable);

-- 98 percent, 54 of 55 students passed the Early Childhood Education test (the Maryland rate was 99 percent);

FSU's initial teacher preparation program enrolled 744 graduate and undergraduate students in 2003-2004. 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.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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