Teacher Education Report Card: Concord Scores 100 Percent
Athens, W.Va. - In 1998, Congress reauthorized the Higher Education Act. Title II, Section 207 of this law includes new accountability measures that require states and institutions of higher education to report annually on certain indicators of the quality of their teacher preparation programs and licensure requirements.
Concord College, as well as other state institutions that have teacher education programs, must now meet this new criteria to continue to receive federal money through Title II grants by measuring the performance of teacher education candidates. Concord measures a candidate’s performance in reading, writing, math, speech, technology and specific content areas through the use of institutional assessments and standardized tests such as PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II.
Graduates of Concord’s Teacher Education Program had a 100 percent pass rate on these assessments.
“You must pass the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II tests in the state of West Virginia in order to be a licensed teacher, and you have to be licensed to teach,” stated Dr. Dean Turner, vice president and academic dean. “Some states do not have these stringent requirements for teacher education graduates, and will allow students to graduate with a degree in teacher education without the PRAXIS requirements. Concord is somewhat unique in that we require all teacher education students to take and pass the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II tests as a requirement for graduation.”
“The West Virginia Department of Education compiled the data on ‘program completers’ and was helpful in preparing s of the report prior to final submission,” stated Dr. Kathy Liptak, director of teacher education. “We are proud to report that Concord College has a 100 percent pass rate for our 89 program completers. We had program completers in biology, chemistry, early childhood education, elementary, English, general science, health, mathematics, music, physical education, school library media, social studies, mental impairment, and specific learning disabilities. Concord has a long history of preparing quality teachers, and this report is a testament to the continuation of that quality. Our teacher education program integrates practical experience with study and certification, and is one of the best programs in the State.”
For more information, call 1-304-384-5252 / 6038 or log on to http://wvde.state.wv.us.
Concord College Notes: The first degrees in education were awarded under the normal school program in 1878. Today, there are 645 undergraduates enrolled in early childhood special education, elementary, and secondary education programs. Concord’s teacher education program is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the West Virginia Department of Education. Graduates from Concord’s teacher education program qualify for initial licensure in West Virginia and are employed throughout West Virginia and neighboring states.