TROY College of Education gets high marks on state ‘report card’

Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2008

TROY—College professors are more accustomed to giving grades than getting them, but the Troy University College of Education is celebrating its overall grade of “A” on the Teacher Preparation Performance Profile announced today by the State of Alabama Department of Education.

“We believe our program does an outstanding job every day, but it is rewarding to receive outside validation of our efforts,” Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education, said. “This high grade accurately reflects the work of an excellent faculty of dedicated education professionals and a wonderful support staff. It is their award.”

Dr. Tatum said the grade of “A” was based on several criteria, including pass rates on professional tests such as the Basic Skills Assessment, Praxis II and Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE). The grade was also determined by surveys of recent graduates of the College of Education and the administrators who employed them.

For example, 100 percent of the recent graduates of Troy University’s teacher preparation programs reported they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their overall preparation at TROY. Likewise, 100 percent of local school administrators who employ TROY-trained teachers said they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their new hires’ performance in their classrooms.

“It’s significant that the state report card includes feedback from the professional educators who employ our graduates and observe their work regularly,” Dr. Tatum said. “We are serving our students well only if we prepare them to excel in the classroom. That’s the bottom line for our programs.”

This Teacher Preparation Performance Profile covered the 2006-2007 academic year. Report Cards, or Teacher Preparation Program Performance Profiles for 2006-2007, for the state’s 27 teacher preparation colleges and universities, as well as a State Summary, are available on the Alabama Department of Education’s Web site at Click on Reports, then Teacher Prep Report Cards.