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HIGH SCORES BY PITT-JOHNSTOWN EDUCATION MAJORS LAND UPJ IN THE FIRST QUARTILE OF ALL COLLEGES IN THE STATE

Pitt-Johnstown Education Graduates Excel
Johnstown, PA December 6, 2001

Education majors at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown scored high above the Pennsylvania state average in all areas of the education certification examinations, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The summary pass rate from Pennsylvania’s colleges were announced by Charles B. Zogby, Pennsylvania Education Secretary, reporting on the scores of education students who completed a certification program from September 1, 1999 to August 31, 2000.

The summary pass rate represents the percentage of students who passed all of the tests they took.

According to Dr. David Hayes, Chair of the Pitt-Johnstown Education Division, 102 of the 106 students (96%) passed all the tests they took. “This percentage was seventh among the 87 teacher education programs in Pennsylvania and we are the largest teacher education program among the top seven,” he added. The state average was 86%.

The Professional Knowledge tests assess students’ knowledge of teaching theory and application, with 100% of Pitt-Johnstown students passing the test ? 8% higher than the statewide pass rate of 92%.

Pennsylvania also assesses students’ knowledge of the content of their Academic Content Areas, such as biology, English, mathematics and elementary education, in which Pitt-Johnstown had a 98% passing rate. The state average was 89%. Pitt-Johnstown ranked fifth in this category.

In the Elementary Education Content Test, 100% of Pitt-Johnstown students passed the test ? 13% higher than the statewide pass rate of 87%. “Pitt-Johnstown’s Elementary Education graduates all passed this test; the largest elementary education group among the nine programs with perfect pass rates,” added Dr. Hayes.

“While pass rates certainly are not the only indicator of a strength of a program, we, in the Division of Education are very proud that our students, included in this first year of reporting, did so well,” Dr. Hayes said. “The success of the Pitt-Johnstown education program is dependent not only on Education Division faculty but on faculty across the Arts and Sciences who teach the academic content of our programs. In addition, the success of our program could not be attained without the support of administrators and teachers in area schools who offer student teaching, pre-student teaching, and tutoring experiences wherein our students learn a wealth of classroom application strategies, as well as, the behaviors and attitudes of a professional teacher.”

The U.S. Department of Education released the Praxis pass rate results from all states as part of a new program to identify “poor-performing” colleges and universities.

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.

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