For release: November 1, 2012
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The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) released its 2012 Tennessee Report
Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs today. The report provides
data on the performance of 2010-11 graduates of each program in a number of areas.
Graduates from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University
of Memphis showed a 97% pass rate on the state-mandated licensure exams (Praxis) during
the evaluation period. Of the 44 Tennessee teacher preparation programs assessed in
the study, the U of M had the sixth highest number of statistically positive results.
The U of M’s current teacher preparation program upon which the information was gathered
will be completely phased out by the summer of 2013 and replaced with the Ready2Teach
(R2T) program, developed for schools in the Tennessee Board of Regents System. The
implementation of R2T involves a comprehensive redesign of the teacher preparation
program, including content, pedagogy and field experiences, to meet the needs and
expectations of school districts.
One feature of the R2T program is the assessment of teaching candidates on the Stanford
University Teacher Performance Assessment. The data on the national and state comparison
of the major universities across the United States that are participating in this
assessment indicated that students already participating in the program from the U
of M performed higher than the state and national means on nearly every measure.
“The University of Memphis is implementing a comprehensive assessment system to ensure
that program improvement efforts remain focused on improving teacher effectiveness
and student performance,” said Donald Wagner, dean of the U of M’s College of Education,
Health and Human Sciences.
R2T also provides for more rigorous recruitment and selection of teacher candidates.
This year’s THEC report includes data on the performance of each program’s graduates
in the following areas: placement and retention rates, Praxis II results, and teacher
effect data based on the Tennessee Value‐Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is the oldest college at the
University of Memphis and is one of Tennessee’s largest producers of certified teachers.
The College boasts a distinguished faculty of 124 full-time scholars in four departments,
six research centers and six research laboratories, and one of the University’s five
Centers of Excellence -- the Center for Research in Educational Policy – along with
the staff of the College’s laboratory schools – the Campus School (grades one through
five) and the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute.