MC students surpass state pass rates on teacher preparation exam

Marietta College graduates who joined the teaching profession last fall continued the College's record of excellence on the national examination for new teachers.

For the fifth consecutive year, MC teacher candidates scored a 100 percent summary pass rate on the Praxis II examinations, bettering the most recent Ohio statewide pass rate of 94 percent.

"These results underscore the outstanding preparation our education majors are receiving at Marietta College," said Dr. Sue DeWine, provost at Marietta. "I know that the education faculty have worked hard to achieve these results for their students and I congratulate both the students and the faculty on their accomplishments."

Praxis II exams for teacher candidates are similar to the bar exam for future lawyers. The national tests assess students' knowledge and skills about the education profession and the content areas they plan to teach. To pass the tests and obtain initial licensure, teacher candidates must score at a specified level mandated by each state. Pass rates are announced as part of Title II, the federal law that requires U.S. teacher education programs to report the effectiveness of their program.

Dr. Dorothy Erb, chair of the department of education, said Marietta College is viewed by school districts both within Ohio and outside of Ohio as a place where high quality teachers are educated. "Our results on the Praxis II exams along with our successful accreditation by NCATE allow us to be rated in the top category of teacher education programs in Ohio. We have an 'effective' rating and our scores place us in the top quartile of teacher education programs," Erb said.

The "effective" rating and institutional benchmark for the program, based on summary pass rates in Ohio, gains MC's teacher education program state approval for five years.

"When the Marietta College Department of Education received accreditation from the national accrediting agency last year it confirmed that these kinds of results should be routine," DeWine said. "It gives students confidence that if they graduate from Marietta College with an education degree they can feel confident that they are well prepared to meet the national standards required of their discipline."