By Denise Dick
Youngstown State University is the state’s only public university with 100 percent passage rate on both teacher and principal license exams.
The Ohio Board of Regents released the Educator Preparation Performance Reports this month for all of the approved educator programs in the state.
All 206 YSU teacher- education students who completed the program between September 2012 and September 2013 passed state licensure exams, according to the report. All 19 YSU students who completed the principal preparation program passed their licensure exams.
Charles Howell, dean of YSU’s Beeghly College of Education, said the perfect passage rate is a reflection of the thorough preparation that YSU students receive at the college.
“Test results are backed up by consistently positive ratings from students who complete the program,” he said.
The statewide passage rate is 97 percent for the teacher exam and 95 percent for the principal exams.
Kent State University’s passage rate was 93 percent for teachers and 100 percent for principals. At the University of Akron, the rate was 96 percent for teachers and 94 percent for principals.
While YSU was the only public university with 100 percent passage for both teachers and principals, five private schools — Notre Dame College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Antioch University Midwest, Muskingum University and the University of Rio Grande — also logged 100 percent passage on both tests.
Howell also said that the performance report shows the extensive field experience that is included in YSU’s education program.
“Field experience is widely recognized as a hallmark of quality in teacher preparation,” he said. “The in-depth clinical experiences our candidates receive are reflected in the high percentage who successfully complete student teaching.”
Rebecca Watts, associate vice chancellor of P-16 Initiatives at the board of regents, said the reports are beneficial to prospective students, parents, education advocates and policymakers as well as college and university personnel.
“The data inform the continuous improvement processes that occur within each educator preparation program and create opportunities for faculty from different institutions to share effective practices as they prepare the next generation of Ohio educators,” she said.