The U.S. Department of Education seeks to create a clear and comprehensible public reporting system on state licensure and the success of institutions in preparing teachers. But, states offer dozens of different licensure and certification tests, and individuals take different tests depending on the area in which they want to be licensed or certified to teach. Data comparing pass rates on many tests would be confusing, with little indication of how well the University was doing. As required by Section 207 of Title II, universities with teacher preparation programs submitted pass rates and other information in their state reports in April 2007. The law also requires institutions to include this information in their publications, such as college catalogs and promotional materials sent to potential applicants, secondary school counselors, and prospective employees of an institution's graduates.
Therefore, the reporting guide asks universities to report pass-rates in a very few main categories, across six categories of tests
- Basic skills;
- Professional knowledge and pedagogy;
- Academic content areas;
- Teaching special populations;
- Other content areas; and
- Performance assessments.
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