USF near bottom in state analysis of teacher preparation programs
The Florida Department of Education is looking at FCAT scores to help gauge the effectiveness of the state’s teacher preparation programs. And according to its first analysis, the University of South Florida College of Education doesn’t look so good by comparison.
A draft report obtained by the Gradebook shows how rookie teachers from different programs – be they university colleges of education, community college programs or district alternative certification programs – fared in 2007-08, based on how well their students performed on the math and reading FCAT.
The DOE determined what percentage of rookies from each institution had 50 percent or more of their students making learning gains. And then, using “value tables” – which you can read more about here – it determined what percentage were “high performing.”
USF – a huge pipeline for teachers in the Tampa Bay area – had 76 percent of its graduates in the first category, which puts it ninth among the 10 state university programs. Florida International was tops at 85 percent. The University of West Florida was last at 70 percent.
USF had 15 percent of its graduates in the second category, putting it at No. 6. Again, FIU led the pack, with 23 percent. Florida A&M University was last with 7 percent.
For now, we should probably take the results with a grain of salt. This kind of analysis is new, so it’s unclear how much the numbers may change from year to year. The DOE is crunching 2008-09 numbers and we’re told that should be available soon.