Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2002-2003 Academic Year

The federal government’s Higher Education Act of 1998 requires all institutions preparing teachers for public schools to publish the performance of their graduates on all examinations required for licensure by the states in which those colleges and universities are located. Minnesota’s Board of Teaching compelled all who sought licensure as elementary or secondary teachers to successfully demonstrate their academic skills using the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST or PRAXIS I), to verify their knowledge of how to instruct students in the subject they will be licensed to teach (PRAXIS II: Principles of Teaching and Learning), and to affirm their knowledge of that subject (PRAXIS II: content knowledge). The following table summarizes performance on these tests for the 66 women and men completing our program during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2002-2003

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Students Assessed

Students

Passing

Pass Rate

Students Assessed

Students Passing

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

66

66

100%

3590

3473

97%

Professional Knowledge

66

65

98%

3564

3535

99%

Content Knowledge

62

61

98%

2951

2908

99%

Totals

66

64

97%

3757

3601

96%

Note: Passing scores were not set for candidates seeking licensure as teachers of foreign languages to students in grades K-12. Four candidates who completed their preparation for licensure in this area through our program are thus not included as “students passing” that examination. Totals for Minnesota include candidates who sat for and passed more than one content or pedagogy examination.