By Wayne Allen
The Ohio Board of Regents (BOR) have released several reports, essentially grading the various teacher education programs at public and private higher education institutions from across the state — including Shawnee State University (SSU).
The Board’s report on Shawnee State University shows that in school year 2010-11 SSU had a 100 percent pass rate in the teacher education program. Various other categories are included in the report such as, principal licensure test scores and many others.
“We are proud of the education that our future teachers receive at Shawnee State and of what our graduates are achieving in classrooms throughout the region. The reports reflects our commitment to providing our students with significant student teaching and internship experience and highlight the academic accomplishments of our students,” said Dr. Rita Morris, president of Shawnee State University in her weekly Friday Letter to campus.
According to the Ohio Board of Regents website (www.ohiohighered.org), “To continuously improve the quality of educator preparations programs in Ohio, House Bill 1 of the 128th General Assembly directed the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to develop a system for evaluating Ohio’s educator preparation programs and holding institutions of high education accountable for their graduate’s success.”
According to Shawnee State University, this marks the second year for the reports to be released by the Board of Regents.
“Ohio requires that teacher candidates pass Praxis II examinations by scoring at or above the state’s established required score to be recommended for licensure and receive endorsements in specific fields. The reporting for Teacher Licensure Test Scores is based on Federal Title II data and therefore reflects only initial licensure for 2010-11,” the description of data under the Educational Testing Service on SSU’s report states.
Morris said the information provided in these types of reports help the university improve its “already strong programs.”
“As we continue to work with students, parents, employers, and legislators to increase accountability in education, we will begin to see similar types of program reviews and quality measures developed for all programs,” Morris said.
To view the report on SSU’s Teacher Education program visit www.ohiohighered.org.
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